Preston’s decision on a deal for Connor Wickham will draw ever closer as he prepares to play in a reserve team game.
North End took Wickham on trial last month, bringing him up to Euxton for a closer look ahead of a potential deal.
Released by Crystal Palace this summer, £6m striker Wickham attended Preston’s 1-0 win over Peterborough United, sitting in the stands at Deepdale.
The 28-year-old has remained with Preston throughout, continuing to train with Frankie McAvoy’s side as he looks to impress.
The transfer deadline passed without Preston signing a centre forward, and that may well have something to do with Wickham.
Why force a deal you aren’t 100% sure about when you have Wickham as a backup option? Josh Murphy’s arrival helps in attack, but 6ft 3in Wickham is a different prospect.
Injuries have been the problem for Wickham in recent years, and he didn’t play a senior game at all last season, but he has a big chance on Tuesday.
Preston kick off their Central League campaign against Walsall Reserves, and Wickham is expected to start that game.
If Wickham shines tomorrow, Preston signing him permanently becomes more likely. If he struggles, it may well be a goodbye to the former Sunderland man.
This is a big opportunity for Wickham, and he will be desperate to take it having spent more than two weeks with North End now.