Alex Neil says Preston have turned down a bid for Jordan Hugill.

The club's top scorer watched their 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest from the stands last night.

Hugill has been linked with Premier League side Crystal Palace ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline and was left out of the matchday squad.

A club statement on Twitter read: "We can confirm Jordan Hugill was available for selection this evening, but given recent speculation regarding his future the manager decided a team fully focused on the game was what would be needed for the match."

Palace, whose only fit striker is Christian Benteke, were believed to have submitted an £8m bid yesterday.

"There is interest from a team in the Premier League," Neil said when asked about the striker's future.

"As of now we've rejected any offer that's been made, but as I said, I didn't think Jordan was in the right frame of mind so I withdrew him from the squad.

"Obviously when you've got Premier League teams courting you, but you've also got a desire to leave, he said in the last window that if the opportunity arose he would go and play his football elsewhere.

"But that will be on our terms and I've got no intention of selling him. We've got no intention of selling him - a team's come in with an offer and we've rejected an offer.

"Jordan came to the game, I had a chat with him this afternoon, I said 'I'm removing you from the team because I think at this moment in time your mind is not going to be on the game as much as we need it to be to go out and win it'."