Everton favourites as Sunderland withdraw Nugent offer

Everton have emerged as the favourites to sign Preston North End striker David Nugent after Sunderland decided to withdraw their offer for the England international.

The Black Cats agreed a substantial undisclosed fee with the Championship side for the former Bury forward over a month ago, but will now look elsewhere to strengthen their squad.

Chief executive Peter Walker told Sunderland's official website: "I can confirm that we've withdrawn our offer for the player.

"Naturally, work continues behind the scenes to strengthen our squad ahead of the new season and talks are on-going with a number of targets."

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