PRESTON North End are hoping to sign Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback on loan.
New boss Phil Brown, had hoped to tempt both Colback and his former youth team-mate Martyn Waghorn to Deepdale and the challenge of helping the North West club escape the Championship relegation zone.
But South Shields-born Waghorn is set to snub the approach from a manager who hails from his home town,
And instead Leicester City’s £3m signing is lined up to go out on loan to Derby County.
The 20-year-old striker has failed to make an impact at the Walkers’ Stadium since his summer move from the Stadium of Light.
And with City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson looking to bring in Everton forward Yakubu, Waghorn is set to drop further down the pecking order.
Brown said: “Where Martyn Waghorn is concerned, there was a lot of interest at this club before I arrived.
“There is a possibility with Martyn, but a faint one.
Last season Waghorn make a big impact on loan at Leicester, scoring 12 goals but this season he has found the going tougher and a regular start harder to come by.
Eriksson said: “I think Waghorn still has a future at the club.
“He wants to play football of course, he wants to score goals and has had few opportunities, so I understand him.
“But we have never talked about selling him, only on loan.”
With Waghorn expected to disappoint Brown, the Preston boss will step up his pursuit of Colback, who is open to offers. Brown was at the Wear-Tyne derby at the weekend and made a point of inquiring about Colback.
While he wouldn’t be drawn on names, he observed: “There is a lot of talent on the periphery of Premier League squads.
“Sometimes when they are playing in the reserves they get into a comfort zone.
“We can give them a platform here – we’ll always look after the players well.”
The Tynesider would prefer a permanent move and Preston are not thought to have the funds to make Colback and the Black Cats a tempting offer.