Preston won’t be signing Xavi Quintilla this summer as a work permit for the Villarreal left wing back just isn’t possible.
North End are yet to really get involved in the summer transfer window but a number of moves are being worked on.
One deal that won’t be happening involves Quintilla, who has been at the top of Preston left wing back wish list for a couple of months now.
Quintilla doesn’t qualify for a work permit through the points-based system and Preston are now going after another target.
It’s unclear just who that target is right now, but here are a few options North End could go for instead of Quintilla.
A number of Championship clubs want to take Liverpool talent Beck on loan according to the Liverpool Echo. North End’s Liverpool-mad boss Ryan Lowe may be familiar with Beck and Preston have good ties with Liverpool after the development of Sepp van den Berg.
Forest Green Rovers star Cadden is out of contract and can be signed for free. The Scot was outstanding last season with six goals and 13 assists whilst possessing great pace to threaten opposing defences. Cadden, 25, would be facing a big jump from League Two to the Championship.
Vital to Ryan Lowe’s Plymouth Argyle side first as a midfielder and then as a left wing back. Grant notched seven goals and six assists doom the left flank last season but there will be questions over whether the 27-year-old is athletically suited to the Championship.
Stoke paid £650,000 for Doughty in January 2021 but he hasn’t really nailed down a first-team role there. Quick and attack-minded, Doughty showed promise on loan at Cardiff City last season and fits what Lowe would want going forward, but his patchy injury record would be a concern.
The former Preston loanee is available this summer with West Brom willing to listen to offers. Very much proven in the Championship as Lowe wants, Reach is 29 and has plenty of games at this level under his belt. May not set pulses racing but ticks boxes for Lowe.
Pretty much the dream signing in terms of pace, attacking play and Championship minutes under his belt. Wolverhampton Wanderers talent Giles would be ideal for that left wing back role but currently seems more likely to sign for Middlesbrough on loan.
West Ham talent Longelo is now 21 and needs first-team action. That isn’t happening in East London but five assists in 18 Premier League 2 games last season show his attacking talent. Reportedly attracting Championship interest, Longelo could be a long-term solution.
Former Brighton talent Cox is currently over in the Netherlands with Fortuna Sittard, meaning he may fit what Lowe has said about targeting English players abroad. Cox, 24, has been linked with Queens Park Rangers of late and played as a left wing back many times last season.
A potentially left-field option, Sandhausen left back Okoroji has a Liverpudlian mother and qualifies to play for England. The 25-year-old bagged six assists in 33 games at Bundesliga 2 level last season and provides pace up the left flank. Quintilla was a little left-field, so Okoroji could also appeal – and he wouldn’t need a work permit thanks to having a UK passport through his mother.