Preston North End have completed the signing of Greg Cunningham from Cardiff City two weeks after Sheffield Wednesday were accredited with an interest in the player.
Cunningham struggled for game-time at Cardiff this season.
The versatile defender is out of contract with the Bluebirds this coming summer, and new manager Mick McCarthy has seemingly decided against retaining him long-term.
According to Football Insider, Sheffield Wednesday were keen on him.
Preston, however, have pushed ahead of the Owls and confirmed his return to Deepdale on an initial loan period with Cunningham re-joining the club he left in 2018.
The Republic of Ireland international cost Cardiff a £3.6 million fee at the time.
At 29, Cunningham boasts plenty of experience and can operate in central defence or as a fullback.
The Owls have struggled with defensive options this season. Aden Flint returned to Cardiff after his loan, while Dominic Iorfa is out injured for the season.
Wednesday, meanwhile, don’t have a natural left-back on their books with Liam Palmer, Joost van Aken and even Adam Reach playing out of position to cover there.
Another defender was a priority alongside a striker for the Owls this January. However, with the club still manager-less, adding the right players before deadline day may now prove to be difficult.