Preston continue to be linked with Troy Parrott but Sunderland have allegedly joined the race for the Tottenham Hotspur striker.

Maybe Preston are in the midst of another Irish recruitment drive.

We all remember the period between January 2017 and the summer of 2018 where five Irish players – Andy Boyle, Daryl Horgan, Seani Maguire, Kevin O’Connor and Graham Burke – joined Preston.

That influx of Irish talent didn’t exactly work out perfectly but Robbie Brady’s arrival last week could spark some more arrivals.


Callum Robinson is wanted back at the club, Tayo Adaramola has been linked and whilst Cyrus Christie won’t be joining, Troy Parrott is still a name in the mix.

Preston continue to be linked with Troy Parrott

Reports from Football London in June suggested that Preston were in the mix for Tottenham talent Parrott.

Middlesbrough, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City were also mentioned after Parrott impressed on loan at Milton Keynes Dons last season.

Parrott, 20, hit nine goals and six assists in 43 outings for the League One side before heading back to Tottenham this summer.

Parrott has been included in Tottenham’s squad for their trIp to South Korea, joining the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Richarlison.

Spurs would no doubt love to get Parrott out on loan again this summer and whilst Preston offer an option, there is new competition.

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The Sunday World report that Sunderland have joined Preston in the battle for Parrott’s signature.

That means North End will now face a fight with former boss Alex Neil if they really want to sign Parrott this summer.

Preston will be appealing to young Premier League strikers and their clubs though, having given Cameron Archer a great platform.

Archer joined on loan from Aston Villa in January and went on to score seven goals in 20 games.

North End would love to re-sign Archer but that may not be possible, and he could be replaced by another Premier League loanee.

Parrott would fit the bill in that regard, but Sunderland joining the race complicates Preston’s pursuit of the young striker.

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