Much-wanted Nugent wants to stay at PNE

January 23, 2007

David Nugent has revealed his determination to earn promotion to the Premiership with Preston - ruling out a move to the top flight in the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old striker has been linked with a move to the Premiership with his impressive form at Deepdale and for the England Under-21s.

Everton, who he supported as a boy, have been reported as being interested in him as well as Portsmouth and Sheffield United.

However, Nugent has a short-term aim of breaking into the top two of the Championship and playing top-flight football at Deepdale next season.

Nugent told PA Sport: 'The main is objective is scoring goals for Preston and helping them get into the Premiership through automatic promotion.

'I don't get distracted by the speculation. I'm a Preston player, the chairman says I'm not going anywhere so I stand by his word and hopefully I can concentrate on playing for Preston.'

North End are currently third in the Championship and Nugent, who has scored 10 goals this season, is targeting a top-two finish after missing out on promotion through the play-offs in the last two seasons.

'We're doing really well, three points behind the leaders and we want to pressurise them before the end of the season,' added Nugent.

'We've been in the play-offs and know what it's about so we want to be in the automatic promotion places. Hopefully our experience will play a part.'