Preston boss Alan Irvine has revealed he would be interested in bringing David Nugent back to the club.
Nugent has endured a difficult time at Portsmouth since his departure from Preston last summer.
The England international has struggled to hold down a place in Harry Redknapp's plans and has made only four starts for the club.
Preston are now hoping that Pompey could be willing to loan out Nugent when the loan window reopens on Friday.
Available"If it became apparent that he [Nugent] was going to be available then we would have to find out a little bit more about it," Irvine told the Lancashire Evening Post.
"Obviously, David may not be available, or he might not want to go out on loan. He may prefer to stay and fight for his place at Portsmouth.
"Or maybe he has his own preferences where he would like to go on loan. But it would be an interesting one."
Nugent is currently recovering from a hernia operation and he claims the surgery went well
"The operation went well," said Nugent.
"I came back last Wednesday night and had a few days off before starting my rehab on Monday.
"The injury had been niggling me for a while, but it got worse and after a while the pain was too much.
"So I had to do something about it.
"It's frustrating, but that's part of football - you get injuries.
"I want to be back in training with the lads soon and hopefully I'll be travelling up with them when we play Preston.
"I haven't had the best of times here so far, but I'm sure that one of these days the luck will go my way and I can start scoring a few goals."