According to the Lancashire Evening Post, Preston North End did agree a deal to send David Nugent on loan to Huddersfield Town on Friday – but the deal fell through.
It’s claimed that the Terriers contacted Preston on Friday afternoon seeking a late deal for Nugent, in a desperate effort to bolster their attacking options.
Huddersfield sold star striker Karlan Grant to West Bromwich Albion last week, and Carlos Corberan was seemingly seeking an experienced option to deal with Grant’s exit.
Nugent was pursued, and Preston accepted a deal that would see him leave on loan with the option of cancelling the move come January.
However, the 5pm deadline passed without the deal going through, with Huddersfield going quiet at the last minute, meaning Nugent remains at Preston.
The veteran striker won’t feature for Preston, and now faces months on the sidelines having missed out on a move away from Deepdale.
It seemed odd at the time when Preston gave Nugent a two-year deal following his exit from Derby County, as he was already on the wane as a Championship striker.
Nostalgia got the better of North End, handing Nugent a two-year contract which has ultimately been a huge disappointment having scored just one goal in his second stint at Preston.
Seeing Nugent’s time at Preston end like this is truly sad, and it would have been nice to see him play football elsewhere rather than sit in the shadows at Preston.