Rudge: Iwelumo attracting interest

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By Simon Fudge
EXCLUSIVE
Stoke City director of football John Rudge has told skysports.com that a number of clubs are interested in transfer-listed striker Chris Iwelumo.

The Scottish hit-man is keen to move on from The Brittania Stadium during this month's transfer window after falling well down the pecking order in the striking department.

Iwelumo is one of six strikers on the books with The Potters - with Ade Akinbiyi, Gifton Noel-Williams, Carl Asaba, Chris Greenacre and Marc Goodfellow all available for possible selection by Potters boss Tony Pulis.

Rudge confirmed reports that Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen are interested in bringing the 25-year-old to Pittodrie but stressed that The Dons are one of six clubs to have made enquiries about Iwelumo.

"They've (Aberdeen) contacted us about him but there are five clubs in England that are interested in Chris as well," Rudge told skysports.com.

"Barnsley, Peterborough, Yeovil, Swindon and Huddersfield have all contacted us so far.

"Chris has been frustrated not getting a game here, so we've decided to allow him the chance to find somewhere else to play."

Rudge also revealed that Second Division club Bristol City remain interested in signing fellow attacker Goodfellow.

The Potters have rejected the Ashton Gate club's latest bid for the 22-year-old and Rudge made it clear that no deal had been reached so far for the player.

"They're still after him but we haven't reached a deal, as yet," Rudge revealed.