Stoke City have offered a number of Championship clubs the services of Sam Vokes this summer.
That’s according to a report by Bristol Live, who claim that Michael O’Neill has offered the 31-year-old centre-forward to Bristol City, as well as a number of other Championship clubs, ahead of the upcoming transfer window – effectively putting the Wales international up for sale.
It is then reported that, while Bristol City are not currently considering a move for the striker, he remains an option for Nigel Pearson if his pursuit of other targets in the position does not bear fruit.
Considering just how poor Vokes has been in front of goal for Stoke since his £7.2m move from Burnley back in January of 2019, the fact that O’Neill appears to be trying to actively move the forward onto pastures new this summer could leave fans of the club buzzing.
Last season in particular was a lowlight, with the £1.35m-rated striker scoring no goals, providing no assists and missing three big chances over his 30 Championship appearances for Stoke, in addition to averaging a mere 0.4 shots on target and 0.1 key passes per game.
As such, with a lack of goals and a vastly inflated wage, it is no wonder that the Stoke manager is attempting to shift Vokes this summer.
However, both of these factors may just be a reason as to why no other clubs might take up the Northern Irishman on his offer, which would mean that Stoke could be stuck with the man O’Neill once claimed was “massive” for the club until the expiry of his contract at the end of next season.