According to Football Insider, Preston are in the race to sign HJK Helsinki defender Daniel O’Shaughnessy in the January transfer window.

It’s claimed that English clubs are fighting to sign the Finnish centre back, who would allegedly cost £500,00 inside the final year of his contract.

Barnsley, Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday are also keen on O’Shaughnessy, who presents an interesting option in relation to Brexit.

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Shaughnessy holds dual Finnish-Irish nationality, and the report states that he won’t have any issues joining an English club thanks to having an Irish passport.

The 26-year-old has around the houses in his career, turning out for Metz B, Brentford, Braintree Town, FC Midtjylland, Cheltenham Town and now HJK.

A physical presence at 6ft 3in all, O’Shaughnessy possesses a giant throw-in and even has international experience with seven caps for Finland.

O’Shaughnessy could be on show at the European Championships as a result, with Preston possibly pushing for a move long before that.

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Preston used the Scandinavian market to great effect by signing Emil Riis from Randers in October, and whilst we would love to see more of that, the new Brexit rules are an issue.

O’Shaughnessy is one player that Preston can still target, and he would provide additional depth as a left-footed centre back – which would be key with Ben Davies likely to move on in 2021.

A right-footer is what Preston really need with Patrick Bauer out, but O’Shaughnessy is certainly an interesting target if this report is true.

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