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Crouch On His Way As Vokes Heads Out

Clarets set to complete deadline-day business as strikers go separate ways

31 January 2019

The Clarets are close to completing deals to sign Peter Crouch and let Sam Vokes move to Stoke City in a striking re-shuffle at Turf Moor.

Neither transfer has yet been completed but both are expected to be done before Thursday night’s transfer deadline with only the small-print to be finalised.

Former England international Crouch will therefore arrive from Stoke to resume his Premier League career at the age of 38.

With six Premier League clubs and 108 top-flight goals on his CV, Crouch will bring added experience and top-flight nous to the Clarets.

And boss Sean Dyche is looking forward to adding those qualities to his squad.

“What interests me is motivated players. Michael Duff was one of those for us at 37 and I think Peter Crouch is the same,” said Dyche.

Sam Vokes made 113 Premier League appearances for the Clarets

“There’s no issue about his fitness and I think he has an intention and a desire to still make a mark in football.

“We know what a good character he is and he still has that edge. We know he’s an effective footballer and he has a hunger to come here and make a mark.”

Dyche admits the decision to allow Vokes to leave and move to the Championship club was a “really difficult” one.

But with Stoke prepared to pay a certain figure and Vokes keen to accept a new challenge, the transfer ticks the right boxes.

“Sam has proved what a good player he has been for us,” added Dyche.

“He has not played as regularly lately and he was a little bit frustrated with that.

“He wanted a new challenge and this is an opportunity for him that could work out in many ways.

“I put great value in Sam as a player and a person for what he’s done for himself and the club.

“He became an important figure here but it has happened before where players move on and we wish him well.”

Vokes, 29, will end a seven-year stay with the Clarets, having initially signed on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers in November, 2011 before joining permanently the following summer.

And provided his departure is rubber-stamped, the Wales international will leave after making 258 appearances for the Clarets and scoring 62 goals in a period of outstanding services.

More to follow later.

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