By Alex Stevens

Leeds have lost out to Preston in the race to sign giant Danish striker Simon Makienok, it has been confirmed.

The 6ft 7in spearhead spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Charlton from Italian side Palermo.
According to Italian transfer website TUTTOmercatoWEB, Leeds were weighing up a move for Makienok as they attempted to strengthen their attack ahead of next season.
But Championship rivals Preston have revealed on their official website that they have signed the giant front man on a season-long loan from Palermo.

 Leeds are in the market for a new striker this summer after deciding not to offer a new deal to Mirco Antenucci after his contract expired.
The club’s only senior front man is Chris Wood, who was the team’s leading scorer this season with 13 goals from 36 Championship matches.
But they will not be able to provide new manager Garry Monk with Makienok, who scored fives goals and supplied three assists in 33 Championship matches this season as Charlton were relegated from the second tier.
 The striker has spent most of his career to date in Denmark, before moving to Italian club Palermo in 2014.

Before his move to Serie A, Makienok scored 35 goals in 74 appearances for Brondby in the Danish Superliga.

Preston manager Simon Grayson, a former Leeds boss, said: “I am delighted to add Simon Makienok to our striking options at the club.

“His height, plus of course his international experience, brings us a different dimension to the squad and provides us further options at the top end of the pitch.”

In other Leeds news, former Elland Road striker Noel Whelan has urged new manager Garry Monk to make these two players his first summer signings.