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Town and Pompey Linked With Preston's Bayliss
Monday, 23rd May 2022 18:45

Town and Portsmouth are reported to be showing interest in Preston North End’s transfer-listed midfielder Tom Bayliss.

Bayliss, 23, joined the Lilywhites from Coventry for a reported £2 million in August 2019, signing a four-year deal.

However, the Leicester-born schemer had made only nine starts - just two in the league - and 12 sub appearances, scoring once, by last summer and was sent out on loan to Wigan for the season.

But, as the Latics carried off the League One title, Bayliss made only 14 starts - six in the league - two sub appearances.

The twice-capped former England U19 international is not in Preston manager Ryan Lowe’s plans at Deepdale ahead of 2022/23 and, according to the Daily Mirror’s Darren Witcoop, the Blues and Pompey are both weighing-up a move.

Bayliss, who plays as a deeper-lying central midfielder, made an impressive start to his career at Coventry, making 69 starts and 18 sub appearances, scoring nine times, and was part of the side which won promotion from League Two via the play-offs in 2017/18.

Town are in the market for a midfielder of Bayliss’s profile, Tyreeq Bakinson having come in in that role on loan from Bristol City during the second half of last season.

Bakinson remains available with the 23-year-old not in manager Nigel Pearson’s plans at Ashton Gate.

According to the Portsmouth News, Pompey manager Danny Cowley is a fan of Bayliss having been linked with him last summer and will be looking to add to his midfield options this summer.

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Vancouver_Blue added 18:55 - May 23
I like how Bakinson linked well with Morsy towards the end of the season, but Bayliss could be an option

BossMan added 19:00 - May 23
I see that one very well known bookmaker has us favourites for the title next season. The same bookmaker made us joint favourites with Sunderland on day before season started.

RegencyBlue added 19:07 - May 23
Don’t know anything about him but from the article above he doesn’t seem to have exactly ripped it up over the last three seasons.

I would have thought we could do better but time will tell!

Ipswichbusiness added 19:22 - May 23
I have never heard of him before, but, as RegencyBlue observes, he has hardly covered himself in glory over the last few years.

Humphreys sounds like a rather better bet.

SamWhiteUK added 19:36 - May 23
Bossman, what's your point?

TimmyH added 10:32 - May 24
Not for me...his stats are hardly impressive, not played hardly any games since 2019 and 1 goal.

BossMan added 12:45 - May 24
@sam I was doubting this guy was good enough to be in a side that would win the league but just didn't want to spell it out as seemed a bit negative to do so

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