Preston were interested in a deal for Cedric Kipre earlier this year, and the defender is now getting his West Bromwich Albion career back on track.
With Ben Davies heading off to Liverpool on deadline day in February, Preston needed defensive additions.
Sepp van den Berg came in as part of the Davies move, with Liam Lindsay arriving on loan from Stoke City too.
Preston did have another deal teed up though, agreeing a loan deal for West Brom defender Kipre.
In the end though, North End looked elsewhere with Lindsay arriving instead of Kipre.
The Ivorian headed off to Belgium instead of Deepdale, joining Charleroi on loan for the rest of the season.
Kipre, 24, played just twice in the Championship this season by the end of October. It looked liked West Brom boss Valerian Ismael wasn’t a fan, possibly opening up Preston’s interest again down the line.
Yet in the two games before this international break, Kipre was given starts against Hull City and Middlesbrough.
It seems that Kipre impressed, with Neil Lennon branding his passing ‘beautiful’.
Boss Ismael also praised Kipre, suggesting that he just had to be patient and wait for his chance to shine.
Out of nowhere, Kipre now has a chance to save his West Brom career and bounce back when few expected him to do so.
Most Preston fans would probably rather have Kipre than Lindsay, but if Ismael backs his 6ft 4in defender, Preston’s window of opportunity has surely gone.