Liam Delap's name doesn't look as though it will be going away anytime soon as the Manchester City striker continues to be linked with Championship moves.

On the radar of Preston North End and believed to be a main loan target for the Lilywhites, Delap seemingly has other second-tier clubs vying for his signature.

The 18-year-old is untested at Championship level, but held in the highest regard by City after his 24-goal season - way clear of any other player - in the Premier League 2 last campaign.

He scored on his senior debut, in the EFL Cup against AFC Bournemouth, and also had one runout in the Premier League and FA Cup in 2020/21.

This summer, Delap has missed out on pre-season minutes - either through injury or illness - but the speculation surrounding him has been rife.

While PNE hold an interest, Stoke City have been reported front runners.

However, West Brom and Bournemouth - from whom Stoke have recently signed Sam Surridge for a sizable fee - are said to be in the race too.

Man City seem happy to let Delap out on loan for the season and one Championship club looks set to benefit, but who that is remains to be seen.

On Thursday morning, PNE's company director and owners' advisor Peter Ridsdale addressed the search for a striker in the transfer window.

And speaking to SportBible, ahead of the new campaign, Delap himself said: "At the start of every season I set goals (and) it’s mainly to score goals.

"Last season I wanted to have a great season with the development squad – that was my focus. The first team wasn’t really something I thought would be possible but it shows that it’s good to set ambitious targets.

"This season it’s about working hard every single day and any minutes I do get on the pitch, I’ve got to be ready to perform in them and keep building and learning.

"Getting the experience of playing football and reaching those level is what I’m looking for."