Report: Preston interested in Newcastle veteran Mike Williamson, wages could prevent deal

Preston are reportedly interested in signing Newcastle centre back Mike Williamson.

According to The Sun, Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson is a target for Championship strugglers Preston North End.

The Lilywhites lost their fourth game in the last five Championship fixtures on Saturday, slipping to a 2-1 defeat away at Brentford despite leading 1-0 inside the first 40 seconds.

Part of the recent problem for manager Simon Grayson has been defensively, where Tom Clarke, Bailey Wright and Paul Huntington have yet to really adjust to life in the Championship despite impressive displays in League One last season.

A move for a new defender wouldn't be a surprise for North End, and The Sun believe that Newcastle's Mike Williamson has become a top target for Preston.

The report states that Williamson, 31, has been told he can leave St. James' Park having been frozen out under new Magpies boss Steve McClaren, but the centre back could make a potential exit difficult due to his alleged demands.

It's reported that whilst Preston want a loan deal for the veteran centre back, Williamson wants a long-term deal on wages beyond North End's budget - making any move difficult at this stage.

It remains to be seen whether owner Trevor Hemmings would sanction another big deal having snapped up striker Stevie May from Sheffield Wednesday on deadline day, but it's clear that Preston that are struggling right now - and the addition of some experience in the form of Williamson could help get the Lilywhites back on track after a difficult start to the season.

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