Preston want Cameron Archer back on loan again and a decision will seemingly come from Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard in a matter of days.
North End snapped up Archer on loan in January as Ryan Lowe used his connections with Gerrard to great effect.
The two Liverpudlians have done plenty of deals over the years and January was no different as Archer joined Preston on loan.
Archer was a highly-regarded talent at Villa but this was still a gamble for North End; Archer’s only prior loan spell away from Villa was with non-league Solihull Moors.
Archer was an instant hit though, scoring on his debut as a substitute in the 2-0 win away at West Bromwich Albion.
The goals continued to flow as Archer hit seven goals in 20 games for Preston, including the memorable winner against Blackpool at Deepdale.
Archer has returned to Villa for pre-season but Preston still want to bring him back to Deepdale if a deal is at all possible.
That is a big ask though as many other Championship clubs are also interested in signing Archer – clubs with bigger budgets than North End.
Lowe’s friendship with Gerrard can only mean so much and Villa will want the biggest wage contribution as well as placing Archer in a winning team.
North End fans have been holding out hope for Archer’s return and the striker has now had his say on his own future.
Speaking to Villa TV, Archer indicated that he has been by boss Gerrard that a final decision on a loan move or staying at Villa will be made after Villa’s Australia tour.
The final game of Villa’s Australia pre-season tour comes against Manchester United on Saturday having beaten Brisbane Roar 1-0 today with an Archer goal.
Preston will likely learn whether Archer is going out on loan inside the next week, but the striker’s focus is just on becoming a first-team player at Villa Park right now.
“He said at the start that he will let me know whether I go out on loan or not at the end of the Australia tour,” said Archer. “I will try my best to impress him. Obviously I would prefer to play here, but whether I need to go out on loan and play games, that’s what young players need, we’ll see,” he added.