According to the Lancashire Evening Post, Preston’s search for a new striker has taken them to Major League Soccer.
It’s claimed that Preston want an American attacker from MLS to come in and solve Alex Neil’s striking woes.
The player in question isn’t named, but the likes of Portland Timbers’ Jeremy Ebobisse, Seattle Sounders ace Jordan Morris or even Orland City’s Dom Dwyer – who wouldn’t need a work permit – could fit the bill.
Preston do have a little history in terms of American players arriving at Deepdale in recent memory, and will hope to add a fifth American player in the club’s history.
Brian McBride came in from Columbus Crew in 2000, but a blood clot stopped his progress long before he ended up becoming a Fulham hero.
Eddie Lewis joined in 2002, and became a fan favourite with North End, making more than 100 appearances before heading to Leeds United in 2005.
Jemal Johnson spent a brief spell on loan at North End in 2005, and Eddie Johnson arrived from Fulham in 2011, but neither made much impact.
There have been a couple of near misses; Preston tried to sign Taylor Twellman from New England Revolution in January 2008, around a similar time to goalkeeper Matt Pickens arriving on trial from Chicago Fire.
Preston had agreed a deal to sign Greg Dalby in the summer of 2007, but he couldn’t earn a work permit, meaning the deal was scrapped.
Preston will hope for more luck with this latest pursuit, but with just a week of the transfer deadline to go, they’re certainly cutting it fine.