Preston North End are close to re-signing striker David Nugent.

The 34-year-old is a free agent after leaving Derby County at the end of the season and is set to return to Deepdale, according to a report by the Lancashire Evening Post.

Nugent, who is a former England international with a single cap to his name, spent two-and-half years with the Lilywhites from January 2005 to July 2007.

Alex Neil’s side have so far acquired defender Patrick Bauer from Charlton Athletic and are now expected to bolster their attacking options by bringing Nugent back to Lancashire.

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Nugent started his career at local side Liverpool but left aged 15 so subsequently joined Bury. He broke into the Shakers’ first team as a youngster and went onto play over 100 times before leaving for Preston.

He made 107 appearances for the Lilywhites and scored 37 goals in the Championship to earn himself a move to the Premier League with Portsmouth. Nugent spent four years at Fratton Park and was part of the Pompey squad who won the FA Cup in 2008.

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The experienced forward had a loan spell in the top flight with Burnley in 2010 before leaving Portsmouth permanently to join Leicester City in 2011.

Nugent helped the Foxes get promoted to the Premier League in 2014 and left them for Middlesbrough a year for an initial £2 million. He again was part of a promotion side with Boro in 2017 but departed for Derby County two-and-a-half years ago.

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