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Report: Graham Burke Set For Shamrock Rovers Return

International Friendly, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 2/6/2018 Republic of Ireland vs USA Ireland’s Graham Burke salutes the crowd after being replaced by Daryl Horgan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Preston and Ireland striker Graham Burke is reportedly close to a return to former club Shamrock Rovers with the Hoops in advanced talks to bring him back to Tallaght.

According to a report in The Irish Mirror, Rovers hope to agree a loan deal for Burke who left the club last summer for £300,000 after impressing in the League of Ireland.

Burke began the season in the first-team picture at Deepdale, appearing in five of their first seven league games before falling out of favour until December when he appeared in eight games in a row.

The 25-year old then went on loan to Gillingham in January, starting 12 games but failing to make the squad for their last four league games.

The report also states that Rovers wanted to get the deal over the line before their Europa League game against Apollon Limassol on Thursday night but it fell short, however, Burke is still keen on a return to his former club.

Burke has featured in all of Preston’s pre-season games bar one, with the Lancashire Evening Post outlining that the Deepdale club were surprised that it was only Rovers showing interest in the striker.

Burke’s move to Preston last year also saw him break into the Irish setup with the 25-year old winning three caps and scoring on his debut for the Boys in Green.

Speaking recently about Burke, Preston boss Alex Neil said in quotes in The Lancashire Evening Post: “The thing with Graham is that his best position is as a No.10 and he has competition from Alan Browne and Brad Potts.

“In the last two seasons Alan has scored a lot of goals for us playing there so really it’s difficult for Graham.

“He needs to keep performing as best he can and go from there.”

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