QPR and Reading are keen to sign Darren Carter from Preston this summer, skysports.com understands.
Carter was one of several players to be placed on the Deepdale transfer list by manager Darren Ferguson at the end of last season.
The former West Brom and Birmingham midfielder made just 11 Championship starts for the Lilywhites last season with a further 12 appearances from the bench.
His availability has alerted rival sides in the second tier with QPR and Reading leading the hunt for his signature.
Loftus Road boss Neil Warnock and Royals counterpart Brian McDermott feel the addition of Carter would bolster their respective squads as they plan promotion bids.