Preston are pursuing a deal for Exeter City’s Jayden Stockley – but face a late battle for his signature.

HITC reported on Friday that North End have activated Stockley’s release clause, forcing Exeter into a £750,000 deal.

Now, Exeter have today confirmed that Stockley’s release clause HAS been activated…but by more than one club.

‘Several’ teams are believed to have paid that clause, with North End almost certainly one of them.

Sky Sports do though report that MK Dons are another one, with Wigan Athletic keen; we understand the Latics have paid the clause too.

EXETER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Jayden Stockley of Exeter City in action 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)

That leaves Stockley with a major decision to make, and whilst Preston are the best-placed team of the three, other factors may come into play.

Stockley flourished under now-MK boss Paul Tisdale at Exeter, meaning a reunion could be appealing.

Stockley also worked under Wigan manager Paul Cook at Portsmouth, meaning prior relationship may damage North End’s hunt.

With 16 goals in 28 games this season, Stockley has been in blistering form for the Grecians yet again.

The 25-year-old scored 25 goals in all competitions last season, and possesses the physical, target man figure that Alex Neil wants in the Preston attack.

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