Preston are still in the race to sign Manchester City striker Liam Delap – and he has committed his future to the Premier League champions.
North End finally picked up a first win of the season by beating Peterborough United 1-0 at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon, but the squad still needs reinforcements.
Another striker remains on the radar, and Delap has been a loan target for Preston for many weeks now.
Many Championship clubs are also in the race to sign Delap, with a real battle on for the opportunity to take one of the country’s top young strikers on loan.
Delap, 18, smashed 24 goals and five assists in just 20 Premier League 2 outings last season, and made his first-team debut under Pep Guardiola.
The son of ex-Stoke ace Rory Delap, Liam isn’t really in City’s first-team plans this season, and a loan move to the Championship could be ideal for his development.
A decision from City may only come nearer to the transfer deadline, but Preston remain in the mix and are monitoring Delap’s situation closely.
Now, City have confirmed that Delap has signed a new contract to stay at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2026.
This could be a boost for North End.
City may not have wanted to let Delap go out on loan without knowing that his long-term future was at the Etihad Stadium.
The Premier League giants now have absolute security over Delap’s future and can loan him out without worrying about losing him down the line.
Preston will hope to win the race, but with Connor Wickham spending time around the squad, they do have other options.