Jayden Stockley is likely to become a Championship player after Preston North End matched his release clause.
It had been thought Portsmouth were close to sealing a deal for the EFL’s leading scorer, but Preston have entered the race and taken pole position by matching the £750,000 release clause.
That in turn will allow Exeter to move for Ryan Bowman, thought to be costing a fraction of that from Motherwell. After signing Stockley from the Scottish Premier Division, they’re hoping lightening will strike twice.
25-year old Stockley was on the books of Bournemouth as a youngster, but wound up at Aberdeen despite a fruitful spell on loan with Exeter. After his move north of the border went sour, Exeter brought him back to Devon.
He’s since gone on to score 40 goals in 75 games for them, sending them to the League Two play-off final last season, as well as keeping them in contention this time around.
This is a no-brainer for Exeter City. Their business model relies on selling players on for big fees and reinvesting the money, so the cycle is simply being repeated.
Ollie Hawkins made the move a season or two ago and doubtless they’ll be hoping Bowman, if they win the race for his signature, will be the next to make a big impression.