Everton are reportedly open to selling forward Nathan Broadhead in January and he could fit the bill for Preston North End.
PNE boss Ryan Lowe would love a couple of additions during the January transfer window.
Lowe wanted eight signings over the summer and ended up with six, so two additions next month would be very welcome.
An attacking addition would be perfect, with Aston Villa ace Cameron Archer unsurprisingly the top choice for supporters.
Lowe and his staff will have a host of names in mind though and it may not even be a centre forward arriving.
Lowe has used a 3-4-2-1 system for large parts of this season so an attacking addition could end up being a player who can play up front, out wide and behind the strikers to give Lowe maximum flexibility in the final third.
One player who fits that bill is Everton’s Nathan Broadhead, who is currently out on loan at Wigan Athletic.
Broadhead, 24, has played as a striker, winger and attacking midfielder with the Latics having done similar for Sunderland last season.
13 goals for the Black Cats last season was a great return for Broadhead, and he has chipped in with four goals this term.
The Athletic report that Everton could sell Broadhead in January with a number of Championship clubs showing an interest.
PNE make sense as a suitor but, as ever, a fee could be a problem.
Broadhead has risen through the Everton ranks and is likely to have popped onto James Wallace’s radar.
PNE’s chief scout is a former Everton player himself and previously secured deals for Everton duo Callum Connolly and Lewis Gibson.
Having a look at Everton’s fringe players maybe isn’t the worst idea for North End and their Under-21 manager Paul Tait – who coached Broadhead in the Toffees ranks – is a former teammate of Lowe at Chester.
There are a couple of connections in there and Broadhead ticks some boxes of what PNE may be seeking.
Broadhead has shown the ability to get on the ball, carry it and drive at defenders – something that North End do lack in the final third.
Broadhead is now at the age where he needs to settle down and PNE have shown that they can develop Premier League youngsters brilliantly; just look at Ben Pearson, Daniel Johnson and Callum Robinson in recent years.
We can’t imagine that PNE have a huge budget to work with in January but if Everton are open to selling, it would make sense for North End to at least ask the question.