Preston’s business has all just been a bit easy this week, hasn’t it?

Inside the first week of the January transfer window, Preston have snapped up three loanees, including Premier League duo Jayson Molumby and Daniel Iversen.

Now though, the attention is turning to a permanent signing – and this time, it’s proving to be something of a struggle.

North End are looking to sign Doncaster Rovers midfielder Ben Whiteman, seemingly viewing him as a key midfield addition despite signing Molumby.

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Whiteman, 24, has shown that he can control the game from a deep role like Ben Pearson, or be a more all-action box-to-box player if needed – key with Alan Browne potentially leaving.

The former Manchester United and Sheffield United talent has hit eight goals and seven assists this season, starring going forward in a key addition to his game.

So, are Preston signing him? Well, it seems like there’s some game-playing going on over this one.

BBC Sheffield’s Sports Editor Andy Giddings claims that he expects Whiteman to be a Preston player by the weekend, with a move close to completion.

However, Donny boss Darren Moore has now told the Doncaster Free Press that Preston have had a bid rejected, and as things stand, Whiteman is set to face Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

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Preston won’t like the situation being public; it’s one thing for the story to get out in the press, as the interest already had, but Moore talking about it publicly won’t go down well at Deepdale.

They won’t want a bidding war; Queens Park Rangers, Watford and even Blackburn have also fancied Whiteman, and it may well be Doncaster trying to force Preston into accepting some late terms.

Preston fans will have Tendayi Darikwa-like flashbacks though. Remember, the summer of 2015, North End spent ages pursuing Darikwa and felt like a move from Chesterfield could be close?

He then played against Burnley, impressed Sean Dyche, and ended up signing for the Clarets instead; with Whiteman poised to play against Blackburn, could it happen again!?

You can never say never in the transfer market, and if Preston are desperate to land Whiteman – who fancies a move to Deepdale – then they need to get moving before the plays on Saturday.

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