Preston brought in a staggering eight new signings during the January transfer window, but seven were initial loans.

Ben Whiteman was the only permanent deal in January, though Greg Cunningham and Ched Evans have turned their loans permanent until the end of the season.

Of the other five signings, there is no chance of Sepp van den Berg or Anthony Gordon becoming permanent signings, whilst Jayson Molumby is something of a pipedream addition.

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Liam Lindsay has a great chance to earn a permanent stay from Stoke City, and it’s unclear which way Daniel Iversen will go.

On the one hand, Iversen is 24 this summer and should be looking to settle down and play first-team football, with this now his fourth loan move away from Leicester – where he has yet to make a first-team appearance.

On the other, the Dane is highly rated at Leicester and still has more than four years left on his contract with the Foxes, meaning he wouldn’t come cheap.

Iversen needs to consider whether he wants to be a first-choice stopper at Preston or continue fighting for action at Leicester moving forward.

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Now though, Preston advisor Peter Ridsdale has told From The Finney that North End actually asked Leicester about signing Iversen even before Declan Rudd picked up a season-ending injury.

That suggests that Preston have though about signing Iversen for some time, and Ridsdale noted that the club initially wanted to push back a move until the summer.

“We’d only been talking to Leicester about him the week before, and decided that that was one for the summer, not now,” said Ridsdale.

Rudd has been solid for a couple of years now, but adding Iversen as real competition on a long-term basis could really push Preston forward, and Ridsdale’s comments should give Preston fans hope that a permanent move for Iversen – who has impressed at Deepdale so far – is at least in the plans.

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