Stoke keen on Eastwood
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stoke will not be drawn into an auction for Southend United striker Freddy Eastwood.
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis will not be drawn into an auction for Southend United striker Freddy Eastwood.
Pulis is a fan of the 22-year-old and was interested in Eastwood during his time as Plymouth Argyle manager.
Since returning to The Britannia Stadium over the summer, Pulis has made further enquiries about the Southend ace.
Derby County have already failed with two bids for Eastwood, whose goals have played a major role in his club's rise to The Championship.
Potters chief Pulis will get a first-hand glimpse of the hit-man on Saturday, when Stoke visit Southend for the opening game of the new campaign.
But while he retains an interest in the player, Pulis is adamant he will not be drawn into paying over the odds to The Shrimpers.
"I've enquired about him because I personally believe he will make the step up and score goals in The Championship," Pulis told The Sentinel.
"I think an auction will start for him, but we don't want to be in a position where we are paying out silly money."