Rams set to offer Pesch deal
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Preston's bid for Paul Pescholisolido may have hit the buffers
Preston's bid for Paul Peschisolido appears to have hit the buffers after Derby revealed they are set to offer the veteran a new contract.
Deepdale boss Billy Davies had targeted the Canadian international, whose existing deal has just six months left to run, in a bid to bolster the Championship side's strikeforce.
Peschisolido has failed to hold down a regular starting place under Phil Brown but four goals in three matches may have swayed the club's decision to hand the striker renewed terms.
Rams director of football Murdo Mackay confirmed the club's admiration for Peschisolido but conceded that negotiations have been placed on hold while the former Sheffield United striker takes time out with his wife Karren Brady following concerns over the latter's health.
"I don't see any problems with Paul signing a new deal. We want him here and he wants to be here too," said Mackay.
"He's been a great signing for the club and there's no doubt the fans love him.
"The board have given their agreement to extend his contract but we've not started formal negotiations yet because it's obviously a difficult time for Paul."