Report: Leeds United and Rangers both had strong interest in Preston signing Tommy Spurr

Blackburn Rovers' Tommy Spurr

Leeds United and Rangers were both allegedly interested in signing Spurr from Blackburn.

Blackburn Rovers' Tommy SpurrBlackburn Rovers' Tommy Spurr

Both Rangers and Leeds United held strong interest in new Preston North End signing Tommy Spurr, report the Lancashire Evening Post

Preston completed Spurr's signing from Blackburn Rovers this week, moving as a free agent with his contract expired.

Blackburn had also sought to keep Spurr, who told the Lancashire Evening Post he felt like he needed a change.

Blackburn Rovers' Tommy Spurr and Leeds United's Lewis Cook in actionBlackburn Rovers' Tommy Spurr and Leeds United's Lewis Cook in action

Spurr had been at Blackburn for three seasons, joining from Doncaster Rovers after beginning his career at Sheffield Wednesday.

Spurr, 28, was born in Leeds, but would have faced a tough task to displace Whites player of the season Charlie Taylor at left-back.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor in action with Brentford's Maxime ColinLeeds United's Charlie Taylor in action with Brentford's Maxime Colin

The youngster however only has one year left on his contract at Elland Road, and Spurr could have been a useful option in terms of insurance in case Taylor is sold or leaves on a free.

Rangers have raided the English Football League for bargain additions since Mark Warburton took over as manager last season and Spurr on a free transfer would have been just that.

His acquisition is a shrewd one for Preston, while Leeds and Rangers fans can simply take solace that they remain very much active and on the lookout for new players ahead of the upcoming season.

Blackburn Rovers' Tommy Spurr acknowledges the fans after the final whistleBlackburn Rovers' Tommy Spurr acknowledges the fans after the final whistle

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