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Rumour Mill- A Bet on St Ledger?

BBC Radio Lancashire reported today that Preston defender, Sean St Ledger had been left out of todays Preston squad because Darren Freguson was lining up a deal with the Clarets that would see the 25 year old make the short journey down the M65 in a player-cash deal for Leon Cort.

Leon Cort has made an impression at Deepdale since joining them on loan whilst St Ledger has strugged to get in the first team.

This is not the first time, St Ledger has been linked with a move to Turf Moor but this time there could be more to the rumours.

Preston are strapped for cash and are probably unable to raise the asking value for Cort. He cost the Clarets 1.5 million a year ago after Brian Laws signed him from Stoke. Unable to make an impression in the Clarets first team, it perhaps make sense to cut their loses and trade with Preston by exchanging centre backs. The Clarets would be expecting some sort of compensation though considering he is under contract until the Summer of 2013 and the offer of St Ledger plus cash could be an attractive one.

St Ledger, a Republic of Ireland international started his professional career with Peterborough in 2002 after coming through their youth team.

In July 2006 St Ledger signed for Preston North End on a three year contract for a fee of 225,000.

A recognised centre back, St Ledger can also play at full back and even in midfield.

It looked like a permanent move to Middlesbrough was on the cards after agreeing a three month loan spell to the Riverside in September 2009. The defender though could not settle in the North East and returned to Preston.

St Ledger has struggled to get in the Preston first team this season and made his last appearance for the Lilywhites back in November.

Leon Cort was injured for today's game against St Ledger's former club, Middlesbrough and it had been thought St Ledger would replace him after recovering from concussion during training.

He did not make the eighteen though and Preston subsequently lost 3-1 at home with his absence fuelling speculation he could be in negotiations with the Clarets about a potential move.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 29 2010

Time: 12:52AM

Your Comments

Quite warming to this swap if the rumour is true! He will be in good complany with former Preston players, Alexander and Wallace also on our books! Not quite sure why he is so out of favour at Deepdale considering their relegation predicament! Is he badly off form or just had some sort of barney with Ferguson the Younger?
turfmanphil
Rumour from Midlands-St.Ledger has agreed a 2 million move to West Bromwich Albion, allowing him to return to his hometown of Brum?
turfmanphil
His he a replacement for Bikey come the January transfer window Kilby will say its good business for the Club FFS, think its time for a happy pill seem to have lost the Christmas spirit.
Fedupclaret
on the official site it says "Laws, who ruled out a reported swap deal with North End for Sean St Ledge"
Totally_Claret
Yeah I doubt this club would ever go for a player rated by a Premier League club, I mean it might cost too much money and we would go into administration and do a Leeds..hang on Leeds in 4th place?
turfmanphil
Interesting article on St Ledger on Vital PNE-http://www.pne.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=226059
turfmanphil
I can't understand why a player of this quality isn't playing for a relegation threatened club. Haven't seen much of him this season but the last 2 seasons he really impressed me. As stated above, he's either off form or out of favour with Fergie jnr ? He'd be a cracking swap plus cash if there's any truth in this.
WelshClaret
TMP - brilliant - now we should go into administration because Leeds are in 4th? How are the other clubs doing? What size crowds do they get? Whilst most of what you say here is true, that statement suggesting the Leeds way of doing things is OK is absolute tosh. Sorry.
whentheballmoves
The point I am making is that folk are so scared now of going into administration, they cant see the wood for the trees! The WORST that can happen is we do go into administration but no club of our stature has ever gone to the wall and those that have gone or nearly gone into Admin have all or will come back with a vengence Leeds,Pompey,Southampton,Cardiff
turfmanphil
With both Laws and Fergy the Younger now looking for new jobs, all bets regarding Cort and St Ledger could be off
turfmanphil
I'm claiming this rumour Phil, I put it on the rumours board first haha! God knows what will happen now both managers are sacked!
skutter169
 

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