According to the Lancashire Evening Post, Preston are prepared to let Connor Ripley leave the club this summer.
North End are pushing to sign Daniel Iversen on loan from Leicester City again, meaning he and Declan Rudd would fight for the number one spot.
With Mathew Hudson and Oliver Lombard also in the goalkeeping ranks, Ripley isn’t needed at Deepdale, and he will be allowed to leave if anybody wants him.
It just hasn’t worked for Ripley at Preston
Preston swooped to sign Ripley in January 2019, landing him as competition for Rudd after impressing on loan at Accrington Stanley.
The 28-year-old has only ever played 10 times for North End, leaking 22 goals in that time in a pretty disappointing spell at Deepdale.
It’s no great shock that Preston want to move on from Ripley this summer, and having played just one Championship game last season, Ripley should probably fancy a move away too.
Middlesbrough have first option
Tony Pulis admitted to The Gazette when Preston signed Ripley back in January 2019 that Middlesbrough had placed two clauses in the deal.
Firstly, they had a ‘massive’ sell-on clause and first option to buy Ripley back if Preston ever wanted to sell.
Boro will now be faced with that decision, but it’s hard to imagine them making a move after his spell with North End.