EXCLUSIVE: Preston beat Prem suitors to sign ‘next Andy Carroll’

Date published: Tuesday 9th January 2018 9:08

Preston North End have won the race to land Hartlepool United starlet Connor Simpson, beating off a host of Premier League clubs.

The 17-year-old, likened to Andy Carroll, has come through the ranks at Victoria Park – but they have failed to tie him down to a professional contract.

Liverpool, Everton, West Ham, Newcastle and Scottish giants Celtic – had all watched him, and made approaches about striking a deal.

But now we can reveal that Preston have moved to seal a deal and Simpson is set to join Alex Neil’s side before the close of the window this month.

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