Championship manager explains why they failed to sign Newcastle striker

Preston North End boss Simon Grayson has revealed why he failed in his pursuit of signing Newcastle United youngster Adam Armstrong this summer.

Armstrong was made available on loan during the final few days of the transfer window and there was understandably a host of clubs across the Championship keen on securing the services of the promising striker.

Preston North End were believed to be among the frontrunners to sign Armstrong but a bit surprisingly, the 19-year-old joined newly promoted Barnsley on a season-long loan deal instead.

Now Preston boss Simon Grayson has confirmed that he was interested in bringing Armstrong to Deepdale but the transfer was not possible as Newcastle were only willing to loan the youngster out to the three teams which earned promotion into the Championship this season.

Grayson told Preston’s official website, “Armstrong is a player that we looked at, about possibly bringing him to the football club, but Newcastle made it clear that they only wanted to loan him out to any of the three promoted teams. So that ruled everybody else apart from Burton, Barnsley and Wigan out.”

Armstrong looks set to be the main striker for Barnsley this season and the move could well turn out to be another fruitful one for the Newcastle prodigy.