Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Stoke join QPR in Crouch Chase

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has joined the race for Tottenham striker Peter Crouch.Pulis is planning a £10m bid for the England star after missing out on top targets Carlton Cole and Cameron Jerome.The former Liverpool, Portsmouth and Aston Villa player is also wanted by QPR, but the Premier League new-boys cannot ­afford the fee.Pulis met with Stoke chairman Peter Coates yesterday to discuss a move for Crouch, who has been told he can leave Spurs after netting only one league goal last season.Coates said: “It is true a striker remains Tony’s priority and we would expect that to happen. We are confident we will be able to improve the squad before the deadline closes and there is a long way to go before that ­happens of course.“We are working on a few things, but football is a messy business and these things take time.”Pulis is looking to bolster his front-line after selling Tuncay in January and off-­loading John Carew at the end of the season.

Crouch – who has racked up transfer fees of over £30m in his career – has the European experience Pulis will require as he tries to guide Stoke through the Europa League.

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