Preston’s search for new signings ahead of the transfer deadline has taken them to Portsmouth attacker Ronan Curtis.
That’s according to The News, who claim that North End enquired about Curtis earlier this summer, but have now stepped up the interest.
We understand Preston have liked Curtis for a while, and scouted him when Portsmouth faced Accrington Stanley back in April.
Curtis was discussed when Pompey wanted Jayden Stockley, but no deal was done.
With North End struggling for goals, results and points, Curtis is back on the radar ahead of a potential move.
The report adds that Blackburn Rovers also want Curtis, whilst Cardiff City have shown an interest too.
Curtis, 25, hit 14 goals and 10 assists in all competitions last season, playing mostly on the left wing but also as a striker when needed.
A Republic of Ireland international, Curtis will know North End trio Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne and Sean Maguire, which could help sell him on the move to Deepdale.
Curtis has two years left on his Portsmouth deal, and it’s unclear just how much they would want for him.
It would surely be well over £1million though, and North End re-entering the race maybe suggests that there is money to be spent after a horrendous start to the season.