Bury make Pope available for move

Yohan Benalouane of Leicester City in action with Tom Pope of Bury

HITC Sport understands Bury have made striker available.

Christian Fuchs of Leicester City in action with Tom Pope of Bury

Bury are willing to let striker Tom Pope leave the club for free or on loan, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Pope joined Bury last summer from Port Vale on a free transfer after seeing out his contract at Vale Park.

The 30-year-old scored 69 goals in just over four years at Port Vale, but he struggled to replicate that form for Bury in his debut campaign.

Tom Pope   - Port Vale in action against Anthony O'Connor - Burton Albion

Pope scored just seven goals in 43 appearances in all competitions with 26 of those appearances coming as a starter.

Pope signed a three-year deal at Gigg Lane when he joined Bury, but the club are now ready to listen to offers for the striker as they look to trim their squad and reduce their wage bill.

Yohan Benalouane of Leicester City in action with Tom Pope of Bury

Bury have been busy in the transfer market so far this summer bringing in eight new signings, but manager David Flitcroft will have to reduce his squad if he wants to make any further additions before the close of the transfer window.

News of Pope's availability is sure to alert a number of League One and League Two sides with the player a proven goal-scorer in the lower leagues

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