MANCHESTER, U.K. — According to sources, a brokered agreement Wednesday will have Manchester City striker Liam Delap off on a loan.
The agreement with Stoke City for the 19-year-old English youth international will run until the end of the season. There is no option to buy the contract in the agreement. Delap will make the move following a medical examination.
English clubs had an interest in taking on Delap on a temporary basis. However, it was a decision from Man City’s front office to let him Stoke, where Michael O’Neill is the manager.
Liam’s father Rory Delap was a player for Stoke City between 2007 and 2013.
Man City made it incredibly clear that Delap was not for sale, reporting a rejection of a £16 million deal (roughly $19.3 million USD) from Southampton last month, according to The Athletic.
Delap inked a new three-year deal with the team in August 2021, joining the team academy in 2019 from Derby County.
He made his first-team debut for Man City in a Carabao Cup victory over AFC Bournemouth in September 2020. Days later, he was handed a bow in the English Premier League against Leicester.
Delap was a feature in the UEFA Champions League for the first time earlier this year in a win over Sporting Lisbon.
The forward was part of the team’s preseason American tour this summer. As a result of the deal, he’s heading back stateside to Great Britain for regular senior soccer in the EFL Championship league.
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