It was originally reported that new Stoke manager Gary Rowett would look to take his star men from Derby across the Midlands with him, but those reports have been dismissed, according to the telegraph

Rowett’s links to sign players from his old club, Derby, including Matej Vydra, Scott Carson and Curtis Davies, have been dismissed by Stoke sources. This will come as a big relief to Derby fans who relied heavily on the trio to guide them into the playoffs.

Matej Vydra enjoyed his most successful season to date last term, scoring 21 goals on his way to the Golden Boot. Such form is always likely to put a player in the shop window, especially after Derby owner Mel Morris publicly stated that new manager Frank Lampard would have to tighten the pure strings compared to previous years.

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Vydra’s stock has never been higher, so a chance to sell the Czech could give them a good chance to rebuild.

Elsewhere, Rowett has reportedly keeping an eye on Wolves striker Benik Afobe as he looks to rebuild the squad, following relegation from the Premier League. Afobe only sealed a permanent move back to Wolves last Friday, but manager Nuno Santo is prepared to offload the striker if the club can make an instant profit.

Afobe impressed after re-joining Wolves last January, scoring 6 goals in 16 games to help Wolves seal promotion. This included key goals against Burton, Leeds and Reading, showing that he can be a threat for any side at this level.

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According to the Telegraph, Stoke’s new manager is also interested in battling Cardiff City for the £12 million signature of James McClean, who was linked with his old club Derby in January. Since then, the Irishman has come out and said he was open to the move and was only stopped by Darren Moore bringing him back into the first team fold, once he took over as head coach.



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