Fleetwood Town are leading the race for two Championship defenders on loan as they bid to re-sign Leeds full-back Lewie Coyle and snap up Preston’s Tommy Spurr.
Coyle won both the players’ player of the year and Junior Cod Army player of the year awards for his form on loan at Highbury last season.
The 22-year-old right-back was poised to battle it out for a spot in Leeds’ Championship squad when he left Town with his double award and the praise of Fleetwood’s then boss John Sheridan.
Sheridan dubbed Coyle the player of his reign as the full-back impressed both in training and on the pitch to help Town to League One safety.
Sheridan has since made way for Joey Barton and a change of head coach at Leeds could also signal a return to Highbury for Coyle.
Marcelo Bielsa took over from Paul Heckingbottom in the summer and it is understood the defender is not currently in his plans, Fleetwood leading the race to secure his loan services again.
But Coyle is not the only defender Town are hoping to recruit.
North End have made it no secretof their readiness to let Spurr leave to guarantee the player first-team football.
The left-footed, versatile centre-half, who can play at left-back, has found games hard to come by in his two seasons at Deepdale, though he was hampered by injury last term.
North End like Spurr, 30, and are not pushing him out of the exit door by any means.
But with competition for places strong at the back, they would not stand in his way.
Sunderland have been linked with him as they look to rebuild under new manager Jack Ross and new owners in League One, but Fleetwood are in pole position to secure the services of the ex-Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday man.