Former Blackpool defender Kaspars Gorkss could still be a Preston North End target.
But Deepdale chairman Derek Shaw today denied North End are locked in talks with the Latvia international, whose future is looking increasingly uncertain at Queens Park Rangers.
Preston boss Alan Irvine tried to sign the 27-year-old stopper last summer before the big defender's 250,000 switch to Loftus Road.
Shaw told the Evening Post: "We tried to sign Kaspars Gorkss but we couldn't compete with the financial package on offer to the player at QPR.
"Alan Irvine was keen to bring him to Deepdale, and Gorkss is a player our manager admires.
"I believe his father represented him when we had talks in the summer, but we've not spoken since then and speculation that we are having more discussions is nonsense.
"We would certainly need some assistance from QPR if we were to do anything in the January window, but I doubt we will.
"We've a young centre-half, Neil Trotman, we haven't seen yet and we've other options there."
North End, unbeaten in their last four starts, return to Deepdale on Saturday when Bristol City provide the opposition for the tea-time kick-off (5.20pm).
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