It seems that Wolves have beaten Newcastle to the punch, and signed 18 year-old Bournemouth striker Sam Vokes.
Sam Vokes – signs for Wolverhampton Wanderers
18 year-old Vokes has reportedly completed his medical successfully, and signed a four-year deal with the Championship club, who just missed out this season on a play-off place to Watford on goal difference.
Vokes has been talked about as a target since January, and we’re not sure if he was on Newcastle’s list of youngsters they wanted to bring in during the summer.
Sam played for Bournemouth 54 times and scored 16 goals, and has represented the Welsh Under-21 side 9 times and scored 4 goals.
Mick McCarthy, the former Sunderland and Ireland manager told Wolves’ official website:
“Sam is a great young talent who our scouts have been watching for some time.”
“I saw him when he played for the Wales Under-21s against England last week and he was excellent.”
“He is a target man who is physical, strong and good in the air. He was involved in a real scrap in trying to keep Bournemouth up at the end of the season.”
It was tough but will have been a good experience for such a young player.”
“I have been impressed with him and I think he is quite capable of doing well in this league despite his tender years.”
If indeed Vokes was a Newcastle target, then it’s not good we haven’t signed him. He’s certainly an excellent acquisition for Wolverhampton, that’s for sure.
We have to believe that if Newcastle wanted to get the youngster he could have been signed. Sam has already made it clear that he would have loved to play at Newcastle.
If that is not the case, then it’s disappointing we were beaten to it by Wolves, and that doesn’t auger well for the upcoming transfer season at the club.
As we said, we can only think that he wasn’t really a target for the Tyneside club.