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Ipswich Town transfer rumours: Sunderland keen on Blues’ target, Preston’s Jordan Hugill

PUBLISHED: 12:46 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:47 06 July 2017

Preston's Jordan Hugill is beaten to the ball by Christophe Berra during the sides' 1-1 draw at Deepdale last season.

Preston's Jordan Hugill is beaten to the ball by Christophe Berra during the sides' 1-1 draw at Deepdale last season.

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Ipswich Town target Jordan Hugill could be set to team-up with his former manager, Simon Grayson, at Sunderland, according to reports in the North East.

The £3m-rated Preston North End targetman, the subject of two unsuccessful bids of around £1.5 and £2m from the Blues in January, has been earmarked by the Black Cats, following the departures of Jermain Defoe, Fabio Borini and Victor Anichebe.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has made no secret of his admiration for Hugill, who has scored 20 goals in 85 games for the Lancashire club, since signing from Port Vale.

McCarthy is still in the hunt for a targetman to replace Daryl Murphy, who Norwich are keen on signing, but Grayson, who managed Hugill at Deepdale could sway the 25-year-old Middlesbrough-born man to join him at The Stadium of Light, having himself left Preston to replace David Moyes in the Black Cats’ hotseat last week.

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Mick McCarthy is hopeful Joe Garner will be fit to face former club Preston this weekend while a trio of youngsters could get a chance to impress at Deepdale.

Ipswich Town take on Preston North End, at Deepdale, on Saturday in what will be their third Championship game in seven days.

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