Preston have been chasing Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis, but there is now an understanding that no deal will be done before Tuesday’s deadline.
That’s according to The News in Portsmouth, who claim that Curtis has accepted there will be no move to Deepdale or anywhere else in the next 24 hours.
We understand that Curtis has been on Preston’s radar for a while now, having scouted him at Accrington in April and even held informal talks with Portsmouth over a possible move earlier this summer when Danny Cowley wanted to sign Jayden Stockley.
Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City were also interested in signing Curtis, but Portsmouth asking price had put many teams off making a move.
Mick McCarthy noted that the fee needed was around £3million, which is way beyond Preston. That’s almost twice North End’s current transfer record!
The interested clubs seem to have backed away from Curtis, and he now knows the chance of a move to the Championship has most likely gone.
Curtis, 25, primarily plays as a left-sided winger, which is interest from Preston’s perspective given that Frankie McAvoy is currently playing without wingers.
With 14 goals and 10 assists in all competitions last season, Curtis certainly impressed and showed that he is ready for the step up to the Championship.
Yet with Pompey looking to keep hold of him or pick up a big fee, Preston have been priced out of a move for the Irish international.