Championship manager denies interest in 19-goal Bristol City and Swansea City target

The non-league hitman has been linked with a move to several EFL clubs.
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Preston North End manager Ryan Lowe has firmly denied he is interested in reported Bristol City and Swansea City transfer target Macaulay Langstaff.

The Notts County forward has earned himself a reputation as the ‘Non-League Haaland’ after hitting a stunning patch of goalscoring form following his summer move to Meadow Lane. The Teesside-born frontman netted 32 goals in a all competitions last season to help Gateshead to promotion into the National League.

That earned him a move to Notts County and he has carried the momentum into the current season with 19 goals in 20 appearances for the Magpies - a total that includes a hat-trick against Dagenham and Redbridge and the winner in a crucial 1-0 win against promotion rivals Wrexham.

Langstaff was on target once again on Saturday as he scored in a 4-1 win at Scunthorpe United that left the Magpies sat at the top of the National League table. Not for the first time this season, there has been speculation Langstaff is a target for several Championship and League One clubs during the January transfer window.

Speaking recently about the speculation, County’s co-owner Alexander Reedtz said: “We are expecting to finish the season with the players we currently have. He is not for sale, but in football you can never rule out anything if there is an extraordinary offer, but we are not expecting to sell anyone this January.”

That has not prevented the likes of Bristol City and Swansea being linked with a move for his services - but North End manager Lowe has insisted Langstaff is not on his own list of targets.

He told Lancs Live said: “The local papers around Preston, they try and get a bit of information don’t they, but I can categorically tell you he’s not on my radar.”