Preston manager Paul Simpson is hoping to retain the services of on-loan midfielder Tommy Miller after his spell with the club came to an end.
The 26-year-old has been a prominent figure at Deepdale, making 7 appearances in his initial six-week spell.
And Simpson has made no secret of the fact that the midfielder figures strongly in his plans for the New Year.
"I'm actually waiting for Sunderland to come back to me. I've tried to contact them and I would like to keep him with us and I've got to speak to them about what their thoughts are on it.
"Hopefully we can get something sorted out because I think, if we could get him in, we have got a lot of games left to play and we need to have a strong squad of players for these games."
Meanwhile, Preston chairman Derek Shaw remains insistent top scorer David Nugent is 'not for sale'.
The England Under-21 international has been subject to a significant amount of interest from several Premiership clubs, including Sheffield United and Everton.
But with Preston flying high in the Championship, only three points adrift of an automatic promotion spot, Shaw is adamant he will not give up his prize asset.
"We have 19 cup finals left and David Nugent is not for sale," he told the club's official website. "We want to get to the Premier League.
"David Nugent has been tremendous for us and I'm sure he will play in the Premier League, but we want that to be with Preston North End and we do not want to sell him.
"He will be a big player for us in these 19 cup finals and we will assess the situation again after that."