Adam Reach is on the verge of move on loan to satisfy his thirst for regular football.
The winger was a regular for Middlesbrough last season, playing 46 games, but the summer arrivals of Stewart Downing and Carlos de Pena has limited Reach’s chances.
Wolves manager Kenny Jackett approached Boro about Reach’s service after their 3-0 League Cup defeat at the Riverside on Tuesday.
That alerted other clubs and it is now Preston North End, promoted to the Championship last season after play-off success, who have emerged as favourites.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka, it is understood, believes that Simon Grayson’s Preston is the right place for Reach to gain first-team football, and thus a move could materialise in the coming days.
Any such move would be limited to a 93-day emergency loan presently, although that could be extended upon the reopening of the January transfer window.
Another left-sided player could also be looking at an extended period away from Boro. James Husband, the left-back signed from Doncaster Rovers last season, is nearing the end of his one-month loan spell at Fulham.
Cottagers manager, Kit Symons, would like Husband to remain in London for longer, a feasible deal given that Fernando Amorebieta is providing suitable cover for regular left-back George Friend.
“I’d like to extend Hubby’s loan,” Symons said.
“He’s come in and done really well, and we would like to keep him here longer.”
This Sunday’s game at home to Leeds United is heading towards a bumper Riverside crowd, with almost 24,000 tickets already sold.
Boro midfielder Diego Fabbrini says that it is important for the Teessiders to continue their six-game winning run that has seen leapfrog to second in the league.
“I hope we win because we must win a lot of matches to get in the Premier League,” said the Italian, who hit his first Boro goal against Wolves in midweek.
“Now we play Leeds and it will be a hard match.”
Tuesday’s win sealed a Capital One Cup fourth round trip to Manchester United, and Fabbrini added: “We are a good team and I’m lucky because I can play with great players. Every day I must improve.
“On Tuesday, the team did well against a good team. We are happy we won because the first half was difficult for the squad.
“In the second half, we were better and I’m happy with the important win.”