Vokes leaves Burnley for Stoke City challenge

Sam Vokes in action at Molineux for Burnley earlier this season

Sam Vokes in action at Molineux for Burnley earlier this season

Burnley has signed the lanky former England worldwide from Championship side Stoke City in a deal that will see Sam Vokes head to the Brittania.

He also scored against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup third round.

As a makeweight in said deal, Peter Crouch will move the other way, back up into the Premier League.

After scoring 42 goals in his time on Merseyside, Crouch returned to Portsmouth for 12 months before heading back to Tottenham Hotspur, where he had started his career without making a senior appearance.

Crouch has been limited to substitute appearances so far this season, coming off the bench 21 times in the Championship, and joins a Burnley side looking to move clear of the relegation zone.

Wales worldwide Vokes, who joined Burnley from Wolves in 2012, is understood to be heading to Stoke to hold discussions with the club about a permanent move to the bet365 stadium.

As the deal was confirmed, Sean Dyche revealed to the club's official website: "Sam has proved what a good player he has been for us".

"Beni is a bright, energetic midfielder who was playing in the Premier League for Everton last season - he is a strong addition to our group", Wigan manager Paul Cook told the club's website. He has not played as regularly lately and he was a little bit frustrated with that.

'I never thought I'd have the opportunity to play in the Premier League again, so to be given this chance is not something I am going to take lightly.

The 29-year-old joined Burnley from Wolves in 2012, having already had a loan spell at Turf Moor.

"If I can add to that and get up the list that would be great as well, and hopefully that will all cumulate in Burnley moving forward.

It was also a time when I was England's centre-forward and I scored 11 goals for England in 2006 to highlight that I was doing something right at worldwide level as well".

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