Stoke City give green light for Vokes loan as Shrewsbury line up move

By Wayne Veysey

16th Jun, 2021 | 2:00pm

Sources: Shrewsbury Town set sights on signing Vokes after Stoke green light

Shrewsbury Town have set their sights on signing Stoke City striker Sam Vokes this summer, Football Insider can reveal.

The Wales striker has been given the green light by the Championship club to leave with a year left on his contract.

A source has told Football Insider Shrewsbury are lining up a loan move for Vokes as they look to recruit a proven centre-forward.

Vokes failed to score in 30 Championship appearances for Stoke last term but that included just five starts.

His only goal of the season came against Premier League side Aston Villa as his fantastic header secured a 1-0 victory in the EFL CUP fourth-round.

The 31-year-old last scored a league goal in July 2020.

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Stoke have already begun trimming the squad ahead of the new season as Liam Lindsay joined Championship rivals Preston North End on a permanent deal earlier this month.

Shrewsbury Town are in the market for a new striker after finishing last season in 17th-position in League One.

They found the net just 50 times in 46 league games – the lowest number of any side that did not get relegated.

Veteran winger Shaun Whalley ended the campaign as the Shrews top scorer with eight strikes in 33 league games.

Vokes played in League One earlier on in his career with AFC Bournemouth and Leeds United.

He has scored 17 goals and provided two assists in 62 games in England’s third-tier.

In other news, a Stoke City target has snubbed the club to sign a new contract with their club.