Preston North End’s search for a striker took them to Brighton and Hove Albion, but failed on two fronts – including with a move for Abdallah Sima.
Frankie McAvoy’s side were chasing attacking additions ahead of the transfer window closing, with a number of targets slipping through the net.
Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo was a target and talks were held, but he ended up at Millwall. Striker Michael Obafemi was also wanted, but he traded Southampton for Swansea City.
The Lancashire Evening Post now carry a report about how Preston chased not one but two deals with Brighton.
Firstly, Preston asked Brighton about a deal for Swiss striker Andi Zeqiri, but he went elsewhere on Monday by joining Augsburg instead.
North End then heard that Brighton were signing Senegalese hitman Abdallah Sima from Slavia Prague and then loaning him straight out.
Preston tried to get Sima in, but the Seagulls had already promised to send him off to our Championship rivals Stoke City.
Sima, 20, is considered to be a wonderkid, with Calciomercato reporting that Slavia Prague saw him as the next Thierry Henry.
Quick, rangy and with 16 goals to his name last season, Sima would have been quite the capture for North End, but it just wasn’t to be.
In fact, Preston have to face Sima on the 28th of September, and will be hoping he doesn’t end up haunting McAvoy and co.
A striker didn’t end up coming in at Preston though winger Josh Murphy did join from Cardiff and could be seen as a versatile option in attack.