By Andrew Maddox

25th Jul, 2022 | 3:10pm

Tottenham starlet Troy Parrott closing in on move to Preston – report

Tottenham starlet and Irish international Troy Parrott is closing in on a move to Championship side Preston, according to Mike McGrath.

The 20-year-old striker bounced back from a difficult 2020/21 season with a bright loan spell at MK Dons last season, grabbing eight goals and seven assists in 41 league matches.

After impressing in League One, he is now set for a move to the Championship with Preston, with McGrath reporting on Monday morning (25 July) that the two clubs were working on a deal.

The original report does not specify whether the move was a loan or a permanent deal, but Alan Nixon reported hours later that it would be a loan move.

Preston are looking to replace fellow young striker Cameron Archer, with it now looking increasingly likely that he will remain with Aston Villa.

Parrott profiled

The Irish starlet burst onto the scene with Tottenham, making his professional debut aged just 17 in a Carabao Cup defeat to Colchester United.

He also made the bench twice in the Champions League, both coming in away defeats to German opposition in the form of Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.

The young striker grabbed headlines in the UEFA Youth League by grabbing four goals in a 9-2 demolition of Red Star Belgrade in October 2019 before making his Premier League debut in December.

He joined Millwall on loan in 2020, with an ankle injury keeping him out for the first 11 games of the season before a move to Ipswich in January.

Parrott could only manage two league goals all season, ending up scoring just as many for the Irish national team.

However, he exploded to life at MK Dons and racked up 15 goal contributions for Liam Manning’s side, scoring another two goals at international level.

He matured a lot during his time at Stadium MK and his move to Preston could be his next step to realising his vast potential.

In other Tottenham news, Antonio Conte has said it was not his choice to sign Djed Spence.