BORO SET TO LAND PRESTON TARGET
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rumours began to circulate on Wednesday night when the Manchester United midfielder was spotted with United colleague Mark Wilson at Deepdale during Mark Cartwright's testimonial match against Boro.
However, North End chief executive Tony Scholes insisted that Greening's presence at the match was down to nothing more than his friendships with Richard Cresswell and David Healy.
"We aren't the only club interested in Jonathan Greening, so we mustn't read anything into his presence here last night," he declared.
"It's not the first time he has been to games here. Both he and Mark Wilson are friendly with different members of our squad.
"They wanted to come to the game and we were happy to welcome them here. But that's really as far as it goes."
It is understood that Preston have already tabled a written bid of £2.4 million for Greening and that they are waiting to hear from United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Scholes added: "At the moment we are just keeping our fingers crossed that he is impressed enough to want to come."
Boro are also understood to have held negotiations with United over the possibility of signing both Greening and Wilson, while Ipswich were another club keen on landing the former.
That interest looks to have petered out, however, with Town boss George Burley revealing: "I made a bid for a Premiership player but it wasn't accepted. The club wanted to sell the player along with another as a package, rather than individually.
"We matched what they were asking for, but they decided not to accept, as another club has made an offer for both players."