Championship rivals ask Man City to name transfer price for former Stoke loanee Liam Delap

Liam Delap and Charlie Cresswell, the sons of Stoke City promotion heroes Rory and Richard respectively, together on England duty.
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Hull City are in talks with Liam Delap's agent about a potential second loan or transfer from Manchester City.

Delap, aged 21, got his first real taste of senior football in 2022/23 when he spent the first half of the season on loan at Stoke City before being moved on by Alex Neil and spending the rest of the campaign at Preston North End. He admitted it was a tough year, coming back from injury as well as managing the step up from junior competition.

He started to find his feet in the Championship in 2023/24, however, after signing on loan for Hull. He scored eight times and set up another two in 26 starts and five cameos. He was sorely missed when a knee injury in the New Year meant he was ruled out for 15 matches and his team fell just short of the play-offs.

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Supporters were keen to let him know they wanted him to stay, and owner and chairman Acun Ilicali is making it no secret that he would love him back as well - if only finances weren't an issue.

Vice-chairman Tan Kesler told HullLive: "If we didn't have Financial Fair Play (FFP) and EFL regulations he (Ilicali) would have literally invested in him and tried to buy him. You know how he is, he's (Ilicali) very passionate for football, very passionate for improvement and we like him (Delap) so much.

"At the end of the day, he belongs to Man City and also he probably has his own agenda. We've been talking to his agent. I don't see why not (sign him), but it has to make (financial) sense.

"We have to be able to spend money but also generate money for him. A loan back to us could be an option if Man City doesn't sell him."

There has been speculation that Man City would demand £10 million for the England youth striker, son of Stoke legend Rory Delap, but Hull were not given that figure when they asked.

Kesler said: "I don't know who mentions those numbers because we've inquired from Man City the sale price, but there's not a set price on him in the market at the moment, so I think it's more tabloids than realistic."

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