THE money on offer for Sam Vokes was too good to turn down, believes Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
The Clarets offloaded the Wales international to Stoke City on transfer deadline day for a fee believed to be in the region of £7m.
Peter Crouch arrived at Turf Moor from the Potters on a free transfer on a deal until the end of the season.
And Dyche felt the fee the Clarets received for the 29-year-old Vokes, plus the opportunity for the striker to play regular football, meant that Burnley had to do business.
Asked if it was too good a deal to turn down, the Clarets chief said: “I think it was (deal just too good), we speak openly, there’s a business model here, we all know that, and sometimes it aligns to a situation where big decisions have to be made, and this was one.
“There’s a level where deals start, which is not acceptable, and there’s a level it gets to where you have to start factoring in.
“Me as manager, I do think I’m fair with the players, particularly with servants as good as Sam.
“And when it gets to a point, I’m open, and I said ‘listen, this is what’s going on, what are your thoughts?’
“He also needs a challenge, he feels the time is right. He hasn’t played as much recently, he’s looking at the future thinking ‘how much will I play? When will I play?’ So he has to factor that in as well.
“I’ve tried to be as open as I can with him, I had a good chat with him and he was proactive in his thoughts of going there and taking on the next challenge.”
Source : LancashireTelegraph