PRE­STON KNOCK IP­SWICH BID FOR HUGILL

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Luke Baker

PRE­STON boss Si­mon Grayson has as­sured fans that Jor­dan Hugill won’t be leav­ing the club af­ter the Li­ly­whites re­jected a re­ported £1.5mil­lion bid from Ip­swich Town.

De­spite net­ting just six times prior to yesterday’s visit of Brighton, the 24year-old striker has im­pressed with his per­for­mances – con­vinc­ing the Trac­tor Boys he is the man to lead their line.

But Grayson says Pre­ston have no need to sell and, as they look to mount a play-off push in the com­ing weeks, Hugill won’t be go­ing any­where.

“Ip­swich asked the ques­tion and that was re­futed very quickly,” said Grayson. “We don’t want to lose any of our play­ers.

“We have had in­quiries for some of our other play­ers, which shows you the team is do­ing well. Peo­ple will al­ways look at your good play­ers in the struc­ture of your team.

“But we are not a sell­ing club. We have sold Bai­ley Wright and Joe Garner this sea­son, but that was more down to the play­ers want­ing to leave.

“We don’t want to sell Jor­dan be­cause he is a good player and has a bright fu­ture. He is still raw but has loads of en­thu­si­asm, which is a mas­sive part of his game.”

With Hugill set to re­main at Deep­dale for the fore­see­able fu­ture, Grayson ad­mits the spec­u­la­tion has al­ready be­come fod­der for some train­ing ground mock­ery of the for­mer Port Vale man.

“There was a bit of ban­ter of the train­ing ground when he mis-con­trolled one,” ex­plained the man­ager.

“I told him never mind £1m, we wouldn’t even get £20,000 for him!

“Ev­ery club in Europe is vul­ner­a­ble while the trans­fer win­dow is open. Ev­ery player has his price.

“How­ever, we are very much in the mould where we don’t have to sell play­ers un­less we think it is the right thing to do.”

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