Ipswich Continue Hugill Pursuit
Preston could be forced to fend of continued interest in Jordan Hugill from Ipswich before the transfer window closes.
His brace against Aston Villa saw an improved Ipswich bid ahead of the weekend meeting. However, that second bid - like the original one a couple of weeks prior - was turned down.
The amount offered wasn't revealed but BBC Radio Lancashire did report this improved offer for the 23 year old wasn't enough to tempt Preston into selling with Mick McCarthy's side sent packing again.
Hugill probably wouldn't have faced Preston even if he had joined Ipswich but the fact he didn't meant he lined up for North End against the Tractor Boys with the striker grabbing our last minute equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Deepdale.
Tomorrow's transfer deadline can't come soon enough!
A player that'll definite be at Deepdale come 1st February is Daryl Horgan with the Irishman making a positive impression in his opening month with Preston.
Horgan arrived from Dundalk towards the end of 2016 but couldn't make a competitive outing for Preston until the New Year with his debut coming in the FA Cup defeat against Arsenal with his cameo from the substitutes bench in the 2-1 defeat catching the eye.
On his early impact he was quoted by the Official Website as saying.
'I probably wasn`t expecting to come straight in and be involved, but coming over the aim was to come in and play right from the off. I have only played two games and I will have to work very, very hard to try and maintain my place, but I am hoping now that I have done enough to try and stake a claim for a place.'
'When I came to being in the starting XI for the Brighton game I was excited, but also shocked. I was a little bit nervous, but I was thrilled as well and really looking forward to the game. It was a great opportunity for me and as a team we played really well and thoroughly deserved the 2-0 win.'
He finished by saying how much he's enjoyed his early spell at Preston with his new teammates making his transition from the Irish game into the North End first team an easy one.
With him determined to make the most of this opportunity.
'The group have been brilliant. The lads have been excellent and everyone in the club has been fantastic and made it really easy for the transition of coming over, getting everything sorted, which has been brilliant and I have really enjoyed my time so far. It has been different as well; the gear all being laid out for you in the mornings, things like that, but it is something I am grasping very quickly and I am really enjoying the opportunity to be in full-time football, especially at a big club like Preston, where you are not going to get this sort of opportunity every day, so I want to grasp it with two hands.'