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Preston reject bid for highly-rated Irish full-back

Greg Cunningham is wanted by the club’s Championship rivals Cardiff City.

Greg Cunningham (file pic).
Greg Cunningham (file pic).
Image: EMPICS Sport

PRESTON NORTH END have rejected a bid from Cardiff City for the Championship club’s current stand-in captain Greg Cunningham.

According to the Lancashire Evening Post, Alex Neil’s side turned down a seven-figure offer for the Irish international.

This latest news comes after the club also rejected offers for Jordan Hugill and Callum Robinson from Birmingham and Derby respectively, with Neil determined to keep his key players together ahead of the transfer window’s closure at the end of August.

The 26-year-old Galway native has two years left on his current deal with the Lilywhites and is highly thought of at the club, winning their 2015-16 player of the season award after making 46 appearances in all competitions at full-back.

Cunningham has started all three of Preston’s Championship games so far this season and his recent fine form saw him rewarded with a place in Martin O’Neill’s provisional Ireland squad for the crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Serbia.

There was concern, however, for the former Man City youngster on Tuesday night, as he picked up a knee injury towards the end of his side’s 1-0 Championship loss to Derby.

The extent of the injury has yet to be confirmed.

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