Stoke City are prepared to let Sam Clucas depart for free next month, providing that he can find a new club in time – Blackburn Rovers are ‘among’ the Championship clubs interested.

Clucas, 30, has just capped his third season with Stoke City. The former Hereford United, Mansfield Hull City and Swansea City man has featured 24 times in the Championship this season and scored twice.

Coming into the final few weeks of his contract at Stoke City, The Sun on Sunday (09.05.21, pg. 59) claims that the Potters are willing to let him leave ‘for nothing’ next month if he can find a new suitor in time.

Alan Nixon goes on to write how Clucas is a ‘big earner at the club’, and that Blackburn Rovers are among the Championship names interested in a summer move for the 30-year-old.

Stoke City finished the season in 14th-place of the Championship table following their 2-0 win over Bournemouth yesterday, whilst Blackburn capped their season with a 5-2 win over Birmingham City to finish in 15th.

Tony Mowbray has come under the spotlight a bit this season. After a blistering start to the campaign, the wheels quickly fell off and Rovers fell out of play-off contention .

The turn of the year brought their worst vein of form – up until their 2-0 win at home to Derby County in the middle of last month, Rovers had won just four Championship games in 2021.

But they finished the season relatively strong and will go into summer with fresh hopes of a genuine top-six challenge next time round, and Clucas could well be a shrewd addition to Mowbray’s side should they fend off competition to land him on a free.