Preston North End are not in the hunt for Newcastle’s young midfielder Dan Barlaser.

They have been linked with the 22-year-old by a number of media outlets since the end of last season.

However, the Lilywhites have distanced themselves from the speculation and do not have Barlaser on their summer shopping list.

Gateshead-born Barlaser spent most of last season on loan at Accrington Stanley.

He made 45 appearances for the East Lancashire side, scoring three goals.

North End sources say they are not generating the interest and have different targets in mind for their recruitment this transfer window.

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While Newcastle are thought to be keen to offer Barlaser a new deal, with his current set to expire in 12 months time, which could make a loan the more likely option for the midfielder, Wigan are reportedly keen on a permanent move for the 22-year-old.

According to The Chronicle, the two Championship clubs were keen on taking Newcastle United midfielder Dan Barlaser on loan next season but it has emerged that Preston North End are not interested.

Neil has spoken a few times about bringing more experience into the squad.

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He felt his side just lacked a bit of know-how at certain times last season, one which started and finished poorly but had a strong mid-section when the majority of points were collected.

When Neil talks about more experience, he would like players who can go straight in and be familiar with what the Championship has to offer.

Said Neil: “We do need to add a bit more experience in certain areas of the pitch.

“When we were without certain key players, we had lads coming in and having to play against seasoned pros.”

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