Preston striker Eoin Doyle could move to Portsmouth on a permanent basis during the summer after his loan spell.
Talks are due between the clubs about Doyle’s future, the Irishman having spent the second half of the season on loan at Pompey, who won the League Two title.
Doyle played 12 games for Portsmouth, scoring twice, before a groin injury ended his campaign at the end of March.
Despite interest from three clubs in League One, the frontman chose to move to Fratton Park on transfer deadline day in January.
The loan switch reunited Doyle with Pompey boss Paul Cook who had managed him at Chesterfield.
With first-team chances at North End limited last season, they would not stand in his way if Portsmouth seek to keep him.
Doyle spent most of the 2015/16 campaign on loan with PNE from Cardiff.
They signed him last July on a permanent basis but he was never a regular.
In the Championship he made six starts and five sub appearances, playing four games in the EFL Cup.
His one league goal came in December’s game against Sheffield Wednesday, in which he was sent off for fighting with team-mate Jermaine Beckford.
Doyle, 29, was one of four players loaned out by North End in January.
Ben Davies made the short move to Fleetwood Town, with midfielder Liam Grimshaw going to Chesterfield.
Clive Smith went north of the border to join up with St Johnstone.
The teenager has one game of the loan spell to run but has already been told by PNE that he is being released at the end of his contract in June.
North End have said that Davies will be back at the club for pre-season training, the defender having got very good reviews from his time with Fleetwood.
Grimshaw could move on, having been unable to nail down a place at Deepdale.
Meanwhile, Preston have announced six pre-season friendlies for July.
They start with a visit to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium to play Bamber Bridge on Friday, July 7, then go to Stockport on Saturday, July 15.
PNE face Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Tuesday, July 18, followed by a trip to the Crown Ground to take on Accrington the next night.
On Tuesday, July 25, they host Burnley at Deepdale, with the programme rounded off by a trip to Fleetwood Town on Friday, July 28.
Another game is likely to be added to the schedule, with the weekend of July 22/23 free.
There is no game against Chorley this summer, the clubs having competed for a number of years for the Jack Kirkland Trophy.