Little could leave PNE

Preston North End will not look to add to the squad ahead of the close of the Football League's loan window tomorrow.

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016, 4:30 am
PNE striker Andy Little is attracting interest ahead of the loan deadline

The fact they already have five borrowed players on the books means the deadline will pass without any new faces.

Although clubs can have as many players on loan as want, only five can be named in a matchday squad.

North End have Eoin Doyle, Anders Lindegaard, Marnick Vermijl, Callum Robinson and Adam Reach on loan.

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There could be movement away from Deepdale before the window shuts.

Andy Little, who has not played for PNE this season, has been the subject of an enquiry from a League Two club.

Defender Ben Davies is also to stay on loan at Newport County after international red tape prevented a recall.

Lilywhites manager Simon Grayson said: “There won’t be anyone coming in. We have five players already who are all fit and available to play.

“If we bought in someone else, it would mean one of those five being left out.

“It would have been different had one of the loan lads got an injury.

“But it is not worth doing at the moment and I’m happy with the squad we have got.”

Lindegaard and Reach have been regular starters during their respective loans.

Robinson has started the last two games after a succession of substitute appearances.

Striker Doyle has come off the bench to score twice in successive matches.

Vermijl had a three-month run as a regular starter but has had to play second fiddle to Calum Woods in the right-back role since January.

With regards to the interest in Little, a loan move would seem to suit both player and club. The Northern Ireland frontman last played in North End’s first team last April.

He spent time on loan with Blackpool earlier in the season, playing five games and scoring once.

A hamstring injury cut the loan short in January.

It has just not happened for him since joining Preston on a Bosman from Glasgow Rangers in June 2014.

Little is out of contract this summer and any exit on loan would effectively spell the end of his time at Deepdale.

Defender Davies’ youth loan at Newport has resumed after a few days of uncertainty.

Preston recalled him ahead of the Gentry Day victory at Bolton as cover for the injured Paul Huntington.

But with Newport falling under the Wales FA banner, it is classed by FIFA as an international transaction.

FIFA do not recognise the Football League’s emergency loan window and hence they would not sanction the recall.

Davies, 20, was named on Newport’s bench for their 4-1 home defeat to Bristol Rovers last Saturday.

Meanwhile, tickets are on sale for PNE’s away game at Birmingham on April 19, priced £20 adults, £15 seniors (over-65s) and students, £10 for 13-18 year olds and £5 for Under-13s.