Brown reveals Treacy interest

Premier League club and Championship trio keen on winger

Treacy: Four clubs have shown an interest as Brown tries to keep the winger at Preston

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Preston North End boss Phil Brown has confirmed four clubs have shown an interest in Keith Treacy, but have yet to make a bid for the winger.

Treacy revealed last month that he is keen to play at a higher level than League One after Preston were relegated from the Championship last season.

The Republic of Ireland international also suggested that the Lilywhites would be prepared to let him move on providing their valuation was met over the summer.

Premier League side Newcastle United, along with Championship trio Burnley, Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest have all been linked with Treacy as Brown tries to keep the 22-year-old at Deepdale.

Indebted

"Keith is a player who will eventually play Premier League football," Brown told the Lancashire Evening Post. "Hopefully that will be in a Preston North End shirt.

"I know that having had conversations with Keith, he is indebted to this club for giving him his chance. That wasn't under my guidance, it was under someone else's guidance.

"When I arrived at the club, I quickly recognised what Keith Treacy is - he is a quality player.

"There's been no firm offers for him. But I have had interest from four clubs - one of them a Premier League club, the other three being in the Championship.

"With that in mind, if we can manage to keep hold of Keith and our other better players, for me it is a firm indication from Preston North End that we mean business next season.

"But I also understand that finances can dictate things. If someone comes in and bids a ridiculous amount of money for Keith, the other side of the equation follows."