QPR boss Steve McClaren is set to launch a £1million bid for experienced Preston North End defender Paul Huntington, according to The Sun.

Steve McClaren has targeted the 30-year-old a defender as he targets a promotion bid in the Championship next season.

Although, Huntington has a year left on his contract at Deepdale and the QPR boss is poised to land him on a cut-price deal.

It’s fair to say that Huntington is a fan favourite at Preston North End, he joined the club in 2012 but it was later on that he made a name for himself at Deepdale.

After a tough start to the 2014/15 campaign, the defender worked hard to return to the starting Xl and the work paid off as he became a regular in the promotion winning side and scored at Wembley as North End secured promotion to the Championship.

Huntington went on to be an important part of the defensive unit throughout the 2015/16 season, making 41 appearances in all competitions as PNE secured 11th place in the Championship.

He followed this up in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 season as well, he proved to be a vital part in the defence for the Lilywhites as last season he started in 44 as Preston launched a surprise play-off challenge.

He was a key man for Alex Neil as the North End boss’ side finished just two points off the top six.

This deal could be another blow for Preston after Greg Cunningham left for newly-promoted Cardiff this week.

But Alex Neil has maybe already found his replace in Preston’s defence with the signing of Exeter City’s centre half Jordan Storey.

The 20-year-old defender has agreed a four-year deal at Deepdale, joining for an undisclosed fee.

The Yeovil-born player came through the ranks at St James’ Park, breaking into the first team squad earlier this year and retaining his place as the Grecians reached the Play-Off Final at Wembley.

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