Skysports.com understand Preston are set to sign Leon Clarke on loan from QPR until the end of the season.
Clarke has been linked with a move away from Loftus Road during this month's transfer window, with the striker thought to be seeking regular first-team action.
The 25-year-old has found playing time limited at high-flying Rangers this season, taking a back-seat to the likes of Heidar Helguson and Tommy Smith.
A number of Championship clubs have been linked with a move for the former Sheffield Wednesday man and it now seems North End have emerged as the frontrunners to secure his signature.
Clarke, who arrived at Rangers from Hillsborough last year, has made just two league starts for the Championship leaders this season, and has failed to find the back of the net.