Saints have no interest in appointing Preston's head of recruitment Joe Savage as their new director of football.

PA this morning reported that both Saints and Hearts were taking an interest after Savage's impressive work at Deepdale.

However, the Daily Echo understands that Savage is not on the Saints radar as they look for a new director of football and head of recruitment.

Savage joined Preston in 2017, following boss Alex Neil to Deepdale after the pair worked together at Norwich and Hamilton.

He was chief scout at Carrow Road for two years having been director of recruitment and analysis at Hamilton.

Boss Neil has also been in demand with Preston rejecting Stoke's request to speak to the Scot at the weekend.

They reported the Potters to the EFL for an illegal approach before withdrawing the complaint.