Middlesbrough could sign Zidane Iqbal on loan from Manchester United months after the midfielder joined Preston North End for training.
Boro have brought in Michael Carrick as their new manager and his first game in charge actually came against PNE.
North End on that day as Jordan Storey’s late header secured a 2-1 win for Ryan Lowe.
Carrick has replaced Chris Wilder as Boro boss and will be looking to shape his squad come January.
The former England international may be able to call on his old club Manchester United for some signings.
Football League World now report that Carrick is interested in a deal to sign United midfielder Zidane Iqbal on loan.
That name may be familiar to North End fans given that Iqbal actually spent time training with PNE last season.
Iqbal arrived for first-team training at North End towards the end of the last campaign as Lowe had a close look at him and another Manchester United youngster.
The Red Devils have a work experience initiative in which two young players go and train with a Football League club to get a taste of senior action.
Lancs Live reported that Iqbal enjoyed his time with North End and impressed but United were only willing to loan Iqbal out in January 2023.
It’s unclear whether North End will hold a major interest in Iqbal but Middlesbrough may now be in a position to offer major competition.
Iqbal, 19, has spent the last 10 years in the United ranks and has managed one first-team appearance.
The technically-gifted midfielder also has two caps for Iran and there are high hopes for him, both for club and country.
If Carrick gets a deal done for Iqbal, the teenager would be in line to feature against PNE on March 18th at the Riverside Stadium .