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Stoke City ready to listen to offers for trio after recent transfer



Stoke City can now consider offers for strike trio Peter Crouch, Mame Biram Diouf and Max Choupo-Moting, The Stoke Sentinel reports.

Following the arrival of Benik Afobe from Wolverhampton Wanderers – initially on a six month loan deal to be made permanent in January – Stoke are now in a position where they can entertain offers for the other three strikers on their books.

Stoke are still chasing other forward targets to provide competition for Afobe, such as Dwight Gayle and Andre Gray.

This means that Stoke boss Gary Rowett is prepared to listen to any offers for Crouch, Diouf or Choupo-Moting.

All three of them failed to reach double figures last season with Crouch and Diouf both hitting six goals apiece, while Choupo-Moting managed five.

Saido Berahino could also be sold if there are reasonable offers on the table for him, but this could be unlikely given the fact that he has never scored for the Potters and his last competitive goal was over two years ago.

Crouch holds the club record of 45 Premier League goals but the 37-year-old could leave if a club offers decent money.

Serie A club Parma hold a shock interest in the former England international.

Meanwhile, Diouf has been at Stoke since 2014 and the World Cup bound Senegal international has hit 24 goals for the club in total while Choupo-Moting joined last summer.

The Verdict

Diouf came in for a lot of criticism last season and he is likely to have suitors abroad – I would cash in if I was Rowett.

Crouch, I believe, can be a vital cog in Stoke’s attack this summer, provided he doesn’t want to force a move away, because his height is problematic for defenders and he still has the ability to tuck goals away.

Whether Choupo-Moting wants to stay remains to be seen but he is probably earning unsustainable wages for Championship football.

Stoke fans – What do you make of this? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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