Spanish international, Bojan Kirkic has told his football club Stoke City he wants to leave in this summer transfer window.
Bojan, who has become unsettled at the Bet365 Stadium wants a move away should the right offer comes in for him.
The 26-year-old front man was not in the Potters’ squad for last weekend’s 3-1 win away to Sunderland having complained about some mild hip discomfort to manager, Mark Hughes.
Hughes having restated his desire to keep the forward, signed from Barcelona for £3 million in the summer of 2014, has told him he is still a key part of his plans. He assured Bojan of more game time after a meeting with his representatives, It is understood that Stoke value at around £12 million.
Middlesbrough FC have made an enquiry over the availability of the ex-Barcelona star services, but have yet to make a bid. West Bromwich Albion, Las Palmas and Valencia have also made their own interest known during the first two weeks of the January transfer window. While Boro boss, Aitor Karanka recently spoke in glowing terms of the player.
“I know Bojan, he is a good player and has played for big sides like Barca, Ajax, Roma and Spain,” he said.
With Gaston Ramirez the subject of a 15 million bid from Leicester city, The Teesiders could need a replacement to spice up their limited attack. Stoke is rumoured to be linked with Crystal Palace’s Martin Kelly, 26, as the defender’s contract at Palace run-out at the end of the season
If Bojan and his advisers feel that is the right move for his career, we will have to wait and see and have further discussions about it. But Hughes is reluctant to let him leave until he finds a replacement.