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Sunderland: Phillips urges SAFC to sign Sam Vokes

Sunderland: Phillips urges SAFC to sign Sam Vokes - Sunderland News

Kevin Phillips has urged Sunderland to sign Sam Vokes on loan this summer after they were linked with a move for the striker.

The Lowdown: Black Cats need Wyke replacement

Charlie Wyke scored 30 goals in all competitions for Sunderland last term (Transfermarkt), but he is officially now a free agent and appears to be on the verge of a move to Celtic (Football Insider).

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As such, the Black Cats are in need of a new striker, and according to The Daily Mirror journalist Darren Witcoop, Sunderland are interested in signing Vokes on loan.

The Latest: Phillips urges signature

Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips believes Vokes would do a good job in League One. He said:

“It didn’t go to plan for him at Stoke.

“He came in not long after I left. Vokes is that type of player, you know what you’re going to get.

“He is in that Charlie Wyke ilk. He’s big and powerful in the box and gets on the end of crosses.

“That’s not a bad one to be fair. You would like to think he can perform in League One.

“He could suit Sunderland’s style of play, that could turn out to be a decent signing.”

The Verdict: Could do a job

There is no doubt that Lee Johnson will be disappointed to lose Wyke. While some Sunderland supporters may not be too unhappy to see the back of him due to his overall play, it is hard to replace 30 goals no matter what level you are playing at.

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Vokes, currently at Stoke City, has not had the best of times with the Potters, scoring just 11 times in 86 matches. However, throughout his career at club level, he has 110 goals to his name, and has scored goals both in the Premier League and the Championship. On top of that, he has 64 caps for Wales and also scored for his country at Euro 2016. He may now be 31, but he could still do a very good job at the Stadium of Light.

In other news, Sunderland fans are happy to see the back of this man.


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