Preston North End were linked with Harrison Ashby in August and the West Ham United defender is widely expected to leave in January.
PNE boss Ryan Lowe spent most of the summer publicly voicing his need for another right wing back.
Unfortunately, it just didn’t happen and North End were unable to fill a key role for the North End manager.
Brad Potts has still played well in that role but Lowe would love a natural wing back to aid his 3-5-2 system.
Liverpool’s Conor Bradley has been linked of late, but he is already on loan at Bolton Wanderers and that makes him a tough target.
Then there is Harrison Ashby.
Football Insider reported before the transfer deadline that PNE were keen on taking West Ham prospect Ashby on loan.
A late favour from David Moyes never materialised but Ashby has endured a frustrating season.
The 20-year-old has played just eight times across all competitions due to a niggling groin injury and hasn’t featured at all in the Premier League.
Now fit again, Ashby is still stuck in Premier League 2 and he may look to leave in January.
PNE may still have Ashby on the radar for that right wing back spot and there are mixed updates emerging about the Scot.
West Ham insider ExWHUEmployee has told The West Ham Way Podcast that West Ham now expect to lose Ashby in 2023.
A new contract doesn’t look likely and with Ashby’s contract coming to an end in the summer, they may look to sell in January before he walks away.
North End would only really be able to pull off a loan deal here, and that won’t happen if there is no new contract to be signed.
The Daily Mail claim that Newcastle United want Ashby and a permanent move there seems more likely than a loan move to Deepdale.
There is still plenty of time until the January window but North End may need to have other right wing back targets in mind with Ashby possibly heading elsewhere.