Simon Grayson thinks Aiden McGeady and Preston are a good ‘fit’ and hopes to see the winger back at Deepdale this summer.
Talks are under way with Everton and representatives of McGeady to get him back in a PNE shirt.
Lilywhites boss Grayson said: “Sometimes a player comes to a particular club and it just fits for him.
“That is the way it worked for Aiden here this season and I’ve said it many times that we want him back.
“We have been speaking with Everton to try and sort something.
“There are a lot of other clubs we will be talking to as well regarding other players.”
McGeady is about to enter the final year of his contract at Everton and has no future there.
PNE have the advantage of McGeady enjoying his football at Deepdale when it comes to getting him back.
On the flip side, there are teams with a bigger financial clout who may enter the chase.
After winning the player of the year award at North End, McGeady could be in line for another trophy.
He has been nominated for the Championship goal of the month award for April.
His 20-yard shot against Huddersfield on Good Friday is one of three shortlisted.
McGeady’s competition for the goal award comes from Wolves winger Helder Costa and Brighton’s Sebastian Pocognoli.
Voting is taking place on the Sky Sports website and the poll closes at 5pm on Monday.
As well as trying to bring McGeady back to Deepdale, North End have other targets for the summer.
Two new strikers are on the shopping list in light of Jermaine Beckford and Simon Makienok leaving.
Likewise, the departure of Anders Lindegaard creates a vacancy for a goalkeeper.
With Tom Clarke out until early next year, a centre-half is high priority, while they might go for another midfielder.
With regard to Alex Baptiste and Tyias Browning who were on loan at PNE, whether they come back depends on their parent clubs.
Baptiste was ever-present in the Championship before getting injured in January and only returning in April.
Middlesbrough dropping into the Championship could be an issue with regards him coming back.
Boro will lose players this summer and Baptiste might have a role to play there.
Browning’s time on loan from Everton was hit and miss – perhaps more miss – and he struggled in the last final three games after he returned from injury.
There has been speculation linking Wolves with a move for Jordan Hugill, and there has been interest expressed in the front man from Molineux. But at this stage there has been no bid made – it had been reported that a £2m offer had come in.
The future of Paul Lambert as Wolves manager was the subject of speculation yesterday, with him reportedly unhappy about not having full control of transfers.
That could affect their interest in Hugill.