Preston North End return for striker David Nugent is almost done

PNE owner Trevor Hemmings and David Nugent at AFC Fylde's Mill Farm ground
PNE owner Trevor Hemmings and David Nugent at AFC Fylde's Mill Farm ground

David Nugent's proposed return to Preston North End got a step nearer on Saturday afternoon when he turned up to watch the Lilywhites in action.

Nugent, 34, was at Mill Farm to watch North End's pre-season with AFC Fylde and before the game chatted with PNE midfielder Paul Gallagher - they were team-mates previously at Leicester City.

He watched the 4-0 victory from the main stand sitting next to PNE owner Trevor Hemmings.

The striker is a free agent this summer having been released by Derby County.

But he is currently recovering from a knee injury suffered in Derby's play-off semi-final first leg against Leeds United in May.

It is understood that Nugent's agent held talks with PNE officials earlier this week and that he has undergone a medical.

David Nugent celebrates scoring for Preston against Derby in the 2005 play-off semi-final at Deepdale

David Nugent celebrates scoring for Preston against Derby in the 2005 play-off semi-final at Deepdale

PNE signed Nugent from Bury in January 2005 for £99,000 and he made 107 appearances - 95 of them starts - scoring 37 goals.

He was sold to Portsmouth for £6m in July 2007 and was at Pompey for four years but did spend much of the 2009/10 season on loan at Burnley.

He joined Leicester in the summer of 2011, spending four years there and was a team-mate of Paul Gallagher.

An 18-month stay at Middlesbrough followed that before he joined Derby in January 2017.

David Nugent in action for Derby against Preston at Pride Park last season

David Nugent in action for Derby against Preston at Pride Park last season