Deepdale Digest understands that Stoke City defender Liam Lindsay is now looking likely to sign for Preston permanently.
North End signed Lindsay on loan from the Potters in February, securing a loan deal on deadline day.
The 25-year-old signed Lindsay as a replacement for Ben Davies following his move to Liverpool, with the Scot coming in as a left-footed centre back.
Lindsay equipped himself well at North End considering he hadn’t played for a year before making the move to Deepdale.
He scored in the local derby at Blackburn Rovers, and then finished off the season with the winner away at Nottingham Forest.
Lindsay has no future at Stoke, and Preston are now pushing for a six-figure deal to keep the defender on a permanent basis.
At just 25, Preston may feel there is still real potential for Limdsay to develop and improve, becoming a mainstay of the North End back line.
There would still be concerns about playing him as a left-sided centre back due to his lack of pace, but both Patrick Bauer and Paul Huntington are out of contract next summer.
This may mean that Lindsay is the favourite to take that role moving forward, and we would now expect him to sign full-time at North End in the near future.