Preston to rival Leeds for McLaughlin

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HITC Sport understands Preston are are keen on bringing back Conor McLaughlin.

Fleetwood Town's Conor McLaughlin in action with Shrewsbury Town's Ian BlackFleetwood Town's Conor McLaughlin in action with Shrewsbury Town's Ian Black

Preston North End are ready to gazump Championship rivals Leeds United for Fleetwood Town's Northern Ireland international Conor McLaughlin, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Leeds are thought to be weighing up a move for McLaughlin as they look to bolster their defensive options this summer, while a number of other sides are also keeping tabs on the right-back.

Preston North End manager Simon GraysonPreston North End manager Simon Grayson

Preston are also weighing up a move for McLaughlin as they look to bring the player back to Deepdale during this summer's transfer window.

McLaughlin, who started his career at Preston, is seen as the one who slipped the net at Deepdale after surprisingly being unceremoniously dumped by former boss Graham Westley in 2012 soon after he took over from Phil Brown.

Northern Ireland's Conor McLaughlin in action with Latvia's Antons KurakinsNorthern Ireland's Conor McLaughlin in action with Latvia's Antons Kurakins

Since leaving Preston McLaughlin has established himself as one of the best attacking full-backs outside the top two leagues with a number of impressive performances for club and country over the last two seasons.

Poland's Bartosz Kapustka in action with Northern Ireland's Conor McLaughlinPoland's Bartosz Kapustka in action with Northern Ireland's Conor McLaughlin

The 24-year-old has become a mainstay in Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland side and played a key role in helping the country reach this summer's Euro 2016 finals in France.

McLaughlin, who has made over 150 appearances for Fleetwood since his arrival at the club, is understood to be keen to play at a higher level and Fleetwood are bracing themselves for interest in their prize asset during this summer's transfer window.

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