Preston fans are wondering about a Ryan Lowe reunion after learning that Plymouth Argyle will allow Panutche Camara to leave the club this summer.
Any time a manager leaves one club for another there is the possibility of signing one of their old players.
Most Preston managers in recent years have done the same.
Paul Simpson signed Karl Hawley, Darren Fergusons signed Paul Coutts and Craig Morgan, Phil Brown signed Ian Ashbee, Graham Westley signed half of the Stevenage team.
Simon Grayson followed suit by signing Tom Clarke and Jermaine Beckford for Preston.
When a manager trusts a player, they tend to take them whenever they go.
Ryan Lowe has shown a willingness to do that too. Lowe signed five of his former Bury players – Danny Mayor, Will Aimson, Dom Telford, Callum McFadzean and Byron Moore – in his first summer as Plymouth boss.
Now at Preston, could Lowe end up raiding Plymouth for Camara?
Plymouth will allow Panutche Camara to leave
Plymouth announced on Tuesday evening that midfielder Camara has now been made available for transfer.
Talks have been ongoing with Camara for a long time now but he is refusing to sign a new deal.
Plymouth have now decided to transfer list Camara as he enters his final year at the club.
This is a blow for Steven Schumacher and co as the 25-year-old has been a vital player for Argyle over the last two years.
Camara is likely to land a Championship move and some have wondered whether Preston could be his destination.
Would Camara make sense for Preston and would Plymouth sell to Ryan Lowe?
Lowe was Plymouth boss when they signed Camara from Crawley Town in 2020.
Lowe told the Plymouth Herald earlier this season that he feels Camara is a ‘fantastic’ midfielder.
It may look like Preston don’t need to sign another midfield player and we absolutely understand that.
Seven-figure fees have been spent on Ben Whiteman and Ali McCann as well as now-transfer listed Tom Bayliss.
Add in Daniel Johnson, Alan Browne and Ryan Ledson and Preston have a logjam in midfield.
Yet there is scope for another signing to offer competition for Johnson.
Johnson is Preston’s only real creative player, one of few in the Preston side who look like they can carry the ball forward with great effect.
Camara has shown that he can do just that at Plymouth, even if he plays more of a box-to-box role than the playmaker-type role Johnson plays.
Camara has the potential to develop at just 25 though and Preston should absolutely explore a deal if the cost is right.
It’s also worth noting that Johnson is out of contract in 2023 and Preston may need to think about his eventual heir.
Plymouth may not want to sell to Lowe, mind you. The nature of his exit was a sore one and Schumacher has admitted there will be no ‘mates rates’ if Lowe wants Plymouth players.
Lowe has even suggested that he doesn’t want to weaken Schumacher’s squad by targeting Plymouth players.
Yet in the case if Camara, Plymouth want to sell and he wants to go.
That’s completely different to trying to poach Plymouth players and the door could be open for Preston to target Camara in a cut-price move.
Other Championship clubs will be keen too but news of Camara’s impending exit has to be of interest to Lowe and Preston.