Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge is set to complete a permanent move to Stoke City, according to various sources. The Times’ John Percy reports that the 23-year-old is having a medical with the Potters while Sky Sports’ Mark McAdam has confirmed that a bid of around £5.5 million has been accepted by the Cherries.
Sam Surridge Set for Stoke City Move
Player’s Desire to Leave
A report from Dorset Live’s Jacob Tanswell claims that Surridge made it clear to Bournemouth manager Scott Parker that he wanted to leave the club after starting the season behind Dominic Solanke in the pecking order.
Surridge was not part of the squad that opened Bournemouth’s season with a 5-0 win over MK Dons in the Carabao Cup at the weekend, although this was through injury and nothing to do with the potential move to Stoke.
Solanke started and scored in that game, while teenager Christian Saydee also came on and found the net.
Tanswell also reports that most, if not all, of the £5.5 million received for Surridge will be used to boost other areas of the squad. It’s expected that a replacement striker will come in and the club will intensify their search in the coming days.
Saydee is currently the only back-up to Solanke (excluding Surridge) heading into the club’s opening Championship match this Friday.
Delap Talks Held
According to Percy, Stoke have also held talks about taking Manchester City striker Liam Delap on loan.
Stoke transfer news: Bournemouth forward Sam Surridge is having a medical today and is set to sign on a permanent deal. Talks have also been held with Man City over a loan move for Liam Delap – said to be less than 50/50 at this stage #scfc
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) August 2, 2021
The 18-year-old is the son of Rory Delap, who spent six years at Stoke between 2007 and 2013 and made 208 appearances.
However, he also adds that the chances of the deal being completed are currently “less than 50/50”, so Stoke may need to start looking elsewhere for another addition.