Preston are keeping close tabs on the situation of Middlesbrough midfielder Sam Morsy ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
That’s according to the Teesside Gazette, who claim that Morsy’s future is somewhat up in the air with just over 30 hours of the transfer window to go.
It’s claimed that Morsy would like to stay at Middlesbrough, but Ipswich Town have made a push to reunite him with his ex-Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook.
That is unlikely to happen, but three Championship teams – Preston, Sheffield United and Luton Town – are all thought to be keen on Morsy.
Morsy doesn’t have a guaranteed role at Middlesbrough, and Neil Warnock needs to trim his squad to make some late additions.
Boro are thought to have made Morsy available before the deadline, and Preston are now interested in bringing him to Deepdale.
The 29-year-old is diminutive but combative, and would give Preston another leader having been captain at Wigan Athletic and Chesterfield under Cook.
An Egyptian international, Morsy would give Preston more depth in holding midfield, where Frankie McAvoy’s squad now looks a little thin after loaning Tom Bayliss to Wigan.
If Preston do sign Morsy, he may need to patch up his relationship with a couple of players.
He was involved in a scrap with Alan Browne that resulted in the Irishman being sent off at the Riverside Stadium last season, and Paul Gallagher – then a midfielder and now a coach at Preston – then slated him in the press by suggesting that Morsy has ‘got a history’ of these off-the-ball incidents.
At the end of the day though, if Preston can add proven Championship quality to the side in a key position, it’s a move North End have to explore.