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Preston sign Palermo striker Simon Makienok, despite late interest from Championship rivals Leeds

Charlton's Simon Makienok

Preston have confirmed the signature of striker Simon Makienok, despite some late interest from Leeds United.

Charlton's Simon MakienokSimon Makienok playing for Charlton

Preston North End have confirmed on their official website that they have signed Palermo striker Simon Makienok on a season-long loan deal.

The Lilywhites had already secured the services of Fleetwood Town goalkeeper Chris Maxwell, and Makienok is now their second signing of the summer following an impressive first season back in the Championship.

Charlton's Simon Makienok

Whilst North End were outstanding defensively, they often had trouble in front of goal, and manager Simon Grayson has now moved to rectify that issue by landing giant striker Makienok.

The 6ft 7in hitman smashed 36 goals in 80 games for Brondby in his native Denmark before a failed move to Palermo, and spent this past season on loan at Charlton Athletic in the Championship, scoring five goals in 36 league games for the Addicks.

Charlton Athletic's Simon Makienok in action

Makienok won't be heading back to Italy with parent club Palermo though, as he's now penned a one-year loan deal with Preston, which will come into effect on the 1st of July when his Charlton deal ends.

North End managed to secure the deal despite some alleged late competition, as Tutto Mercato Web reported on Monday that Leeds United were talking to Palermo about a possible deal for the centre forward, who has six caps for Denmark.

Charlton Athletic's Simon Makienok in action with Fulham's Ryan Fredericks

It's Deepdale and not Elland Road for Makienok though, and he'll be competing with the likes of Jermaine Beckford and Joe Garner for a starting role under Grayson next season.

Grayson himself was delighted with the deal, telling the club's official website that he thinks Makienok will add a different dimension to the North End side.

"I am delighted to add Simon Makienok to our striking options at the Club," said Grayson. "His height, plus of course his international experience, brings us a different dimension to the squad and provides us further options at the top end of the pitch," he added.

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