Preston have swooped to sign Stoke midfielder Michael Tonge on loan until late December.
The 26-year-old joined Stoke for £2million on the final day of the transfer window last summer having spent eight years at Bramall Lane with Sheffield United.
The former Manchester United trainee has yet to feature in the Premier League for the Potters this season, but has played in all three of their Carling Cup games.
North End are currently 11th in the Championship table with 24 points from 16 games, and Tonge will go straight into the squad for the game against league leaders Newcastle on Monday.
He could potentially be involved in eight games at Deepdale, his final match possible being against the Blades on 28th December, as Alan Irvine's side look to establish themselves in the top half of the table.
The manager told the club's official website: "There is no question he has a lot of experience.
"He can play all the way across midfield and he certainly bolsters an area where we have been a little bit short of numbers, particularly since Barry Nicholson broke his leg.
"He is a creative player. He is good on the ball and he is a player who wants to take the ball. He is a nice passer and he has got a very good work rate.
"Like everyone, he is not guaranteed a game, but we are hoping that he comes in, does well and plays in all eight games for us and does a good job for us.
"He is looking to get some football and hopefully this will be his opportunity to do that."