Exeter City’s Jayden Stockley could be heading to Preston after North End activated his release clause.

That’s according to HITC Sport, who claim that North End have paid the £750,000 needed to force Exeter into a deal.

Stockley, 25, is second in the League Two scoring charts this season, having hit 15 goals this term.

That comes after a 25-goal campaign last term, in which he fired the Grecians to the League Two play-off final.


EXETER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:Jayden Stockley of Exeter City celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet League Two match between Exeter City and Northampton Town at St James Park on November 17, 2018 in Exeter, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Formerly of Bournemouth and Aberdeen, Stockley hasn’t enjoyed a great deal of success other than with Exeter.

At 6ft 3in tall, he has the physical attributes Alex Neil is looking for in attack, and could finally replace Jordan Hugill.

His record outside of League Two is a concern, but that’s – sadly – the market North End are operating in right now.

He would at least know former Exeter teammate Jordan Storey well, who also made a £750,000 switch to Deepdale last summer.

Can North End do better?

For a striker with 40 goals in the last 18 months, Stockley may not set many pulses racing among the Deepdale faithful.

His limited success in Scotland is a particular concern. North End haven’t even had much success with strikers who did thrive north of the border, such as Stevie May and Louis Moult.

Gillingham’s Tom Eaves has also been linked, and may be a smarter target; it’s likely he would be cheaper, whilst he has been prolific in League One too.

Stockley seems like a gamble, and whilst time will tell whether he is a success or not, fans may have been hoping for more in the Preston attack.

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