Preston North End manager Simon Grayson confirms Ipswich Town interest in Jordan Hugill

Preston North End's Jordan Hugill

Preston North End's Jordan Hugill - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has confirmed that Ipswich Town have shown interest in striker Jordan Hugill.

It was reported last night that the Blues have had a £1.5m bid for the 24-year-old rejected by their Championship rivals.

“We’ve had enquiries for Jordan,” Grayson told BBC Lancashire Sport. “I’m not quite sure whether there’s been an official approach for him from Ipswich but I know they’ve asked the question and obviously that got refuted very quickly.

“We don’t want to lose any of our players. We’ve had enquiries for other players as well, it just tells you that the team are doing well and individuals are doing well.”

He added: “I can’t say 100 per cent (whether there’s been an official offer) because I haven’t really spoken to (club advisor) Peter (Ridsdale) since it came out. Wherever it’s been leaked from it hasn’t been leaked from us, I can presume where it’s going to have come from.

“But we don’t want to do anything because Jordan is a good player for us, he has a bright future, we paid a small fee for him and it just shows how well he’s been doing and what people think of him.”

Grayson says Hugill is happy at Deepdale and that his club isn’t actively looking to sell.

“Every club in the country, in Europe are vulnerable while the window’s still open, that’s always going to be the case for all players, and every player has a price,” he said.

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“But we’re very much in the mould that we don’t have to sell players unless we think it’s the right thing to do.”

If Hugill is sold his former club Port Vale have confirmed that they will be entitled to a percentage of the profit the Lilywhites make on the £25,000 youth compensation they paid the Valiants for the Middlesbrough-born frontman in June 2014.

Meanwhile, Rotherham boss Paul Warne has dismissed yesterday’s report which claimed the Millers have received multiple bids for striker Danny Ward.

Warne says there has been just one official bid for the player – from an unnamed club that isn’t Town – rejected so far.

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