Wednesday 16 October 2019

Cork set to lose McLoughlin to England

Cork City defender Sean McLoughlin. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Cork City defender Sean McLoughlin. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

David Sneyd

Cork City are set to lose Sean McLoughlin from the heart of their defence with a queue of English clubs lining up a move for the former Republic of Ireland U-21 international, writes David Sneyd.

After making enquiries during the last transfer window, Preston North End have reignited their interest.

The Championship side were put off by a hefty transfer fee - in the region of €250,000 - last January but with McLoughlin's deal set to run out at the end of this season it is believed a more modest sum could entice them back to the table.

The clubs have had plenty of dealings in recent years with Sean Maguire and Kevin O'Connor leaving for Deepdale in 2017.

Preston have once again run the rule over McLoughlin in recent weeks and this has now alerted League One Portsmouth.

Cork had to make a €300,000 reduction to their budget ahead of this season and after a poor start to the campaign tensions with manager John Caulfield led to his departure.

Now it appears that one of their prized assets will follow suit and McLoughlin could fill a void left by Andy Boyle, whose Preston contract won't be renewed at the end of this month. The Dubliner is now weighing up offers from former club Dundalk as well as Shamrock Rovers and will make a decision in the coming days.

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