The Cameron Archer transfer saga is likely to drag on until the end of the transfer window.
Preston North End and Ryan Lowe obviously want the striker to return to Deepdale after a superb loan spell but it isn’t as simple as that.
There are many other teams, up to 14 according to The Athletic, that are looking to bring the Aston Villa player to their club either on loan or permanently.
Archer’s form for Preston in the Championship didn’t go unnoticed last season, and four goals for the England Under 21’s helped further the interest in the 20-year-old.
Alan Nixon has now written for The Sun that Steven Gerrard, the Villa manager, would be willing to let Archer leave on a temporary deal again as long as he can bring in a striker of his own.
Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins are currently the two senior strikers at the club, but both had indifferent seasons last time round.
Archer is an exciting prospect and Gerrard must be tempted to give him some more game time in the Premier League next season.
Luis Suarez is the main name being linked with Villa, and obviously provides far more experience than Archer. The 35-year-old is a free agent this summer, and could link up with Gerrard again after their time at Liverpool together.
It doesn’t look like there will be any movement soon though, with Gerrard keen to see Archer during pre-season with the club.
Peter Ridsdale has said Preston will keep a space in the squad for Archer but for how long? We can’t afford to hold on to the hope of signing Archer all summer especially with the competition for him if he was to leave Aston Villa again.
Preston need to press on with their own search for a striker and Andre Gray seems the most likely to join the club, but the rumours and links to him have gone on for some time now.
The longer it does go on, the more fans will worry that it won’t be happening after all.