Son of Stoke City Premier League hero touted for £10m summer transfer after Championship loan

Liam Delap and another former Stoke City loanee in Jaden Philogene.
Up for sale? Liam Delap and another former Stoke City loanee in Jaden Philogene. -Credit:Matt McNulty - The FA/The FA via Getty Images

The son of one of Stoke City’s Premier League heroes is being touted for a summer move - but with a scary price tag on his head.

Liam Delap spent half a season on loan with Stoke in 2022/23, following in the footsteps of dad Rory Delap in playing for the Potters.

However, the renowned long-throw expert can reflect on a more successful time at the bet365 Stadium, his eight goals in 180 appearances comparing favourably with junior’s three in 23.

To be fair, Liam Delap’s time at Stoke came with the club still wrestling with life back in the second tier - something they are still to come to terms with after this season’s flirtation with relegation to League One.

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And he has the consolation of knowing that parent club Manchester City are said to be looking for a cool £10m for his services, comfortably outside anything Stoke would be willing to consider as they look at striking options this summer.

Reports of Delap’s departure from the Etihad come from the Sun, with “transfer expert” Alan Nixon claiming he is unlikely to figure in Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad.

The self-styled “Boss of Goss” adds: “City will want around £10m for the England Under-21 forward and may include a ‘buy-back’ clause in any deal.

“Liam joined the Prem champions' academy from Derby in 2019. He has played six times for City's first team, scoring once - during a League Cup victory over Bournemouth in September 2020.”

Delap has spent this season on loan at Hull City, bagging eight goals in 31 league appearances as the Tigers went agonisingly close to claiming a place in the Championship play-offs, a final-day defeat to relegation-threatened Plymouth Argyle leaving them in seventh.

He returns to the Etihad with two years still remaining on his contract, meaning Man City will be able to drive a hard bargain for his services, just don’t expect a Stoke City return at those sort of prices. The best option would be a further loan, but even that could be expensive, although Delap's playing style would suit the way Stoke boss Steven Schumacher likes to deploy his teams.

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