Burnley step up efforts to sign Treacy from Preston
CHAMPIONSHIP side Burnley have stepped up their bid to sign Keith Treacy from Preston and rescue him from League One football next season.
Treacy and his Ireland team-mate Sean St Ledger are facing the prospect of playing in England's third tier next season following Preston's relegation from the Championship, unless a club can meet Preston's asking price for the duo.
Ipswich Town are among the clubs linked with Treacy but Burnley boss Eddie Howe is very keen to land the Dubliner and, following an initial inquiry last week, they are now ready to make a formal bid for the player who will cost a minimum of £750,000.
"We will only be letting players go if it suits us," says Preston chairman Maurice Lindsay.
"I would be totally against Keith Treacy leaving, he is such an exciting player on the ball and can be a prolific goalscorer from the wing when he's on form."
Ipswich have also been linked with St Ledger -- they reportedly made a bid of £2million in the last transfer window -- and Paul Jewell would hope that his valuation would have lowered due to Preston's demotion to League One.