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Rumour Mill: Preston battling fellow Championship side for Scottish left-back

Preston North End are thought to be in a race with Stoke City to sign Dunfermline Athletic full-back Josh Edwards.

The left-sided player has been a regular for the Scottish Championship side for the past three seasons, and Football Insider have suggested the 22-year-old could be available for just £100k.

Whilst it certainly falls within Preston’s price range it doesn’t quite fall within Ryan Lowe’s remit of experienced players at this level.

It would be a big jump from the Scottish Championship, to the English second tier, and it doesn’t seem as if Edwards would be ready to command a first-team place over the likes of Greg Cunningham, Josh Earl and even Ali McCann and Daniel Johnson who were also tested in those positions.

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Preston fans are desperate to see some new signings, as it is one of the only things to keep you interested in club football at this time of the season.

After 11,500 season tickets were sold, the North End faithful are keen to see Lowe’s side take shape.

135 appearances by the age of 22 suggests that Edwards has a good amount of experience for his age, but compared to the other players Preston have been linked with such as Andre Gray and Cyrus Christie, this one doesn’t quite fit into the same mould.

Ryan Lowe needs to add first-team quality to the squad. Too often in the past have we bought squad players who added a bit of depth but no overall quality to the squad.

North End already have players who are more than good enough to be backup options and on the bench, and it doesn’t look like Josh Edwards would be anymore than that, at least for this season.

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Rumour rating: 5/10. Football Insider can be very hit and miss when it comes to rumours, and is more often a ‘miss. North End don’t need to waste time and money on players to buffer out the squad, but should focus on those who can make an immediate impact in the first eleven. The Dunfermline player is into the last year of his contract, so it may be a case of his agent trying to gather some pace in the press for his client. A move to the Scottish top tier may be more likely but I imagine Ryan Lowe will have his sights set on far more experienced players to fill his wing-back roles.

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