Liverpool have decided to sell Peter Crouch to the highest bidder in January, and that will start a scramble for the hugely under-rated Liverpool striker.
While we have no idea whether Big Sam rates Crouch, he causes so much trouble with high balls in the opposition penalty area, that we think he could be a good acquisition for Newcastle.
Peter Crouch - there will be a big scramble for his signature before January
The initial signs are that Newcastle have already registered their interest in the 6′ 7″ striker. Certainly Glenn Roeder was a big fan of the Macclesfield born striker, and we certainly need another big striker up front to help out Mark Viduka, who tends to be injury a lot through the season. It also looks certain that Shola Ameobi will be leaving the club in January. Crouch’s future has been the subject of intense speculation this season but itâ€™s being reported that manager Rafa Benitez has finally lost patience after a change in the striker’s attitude.
Benetiz believes Crouch’s status as an England player has turned his head a little and affected his work ethic that made him such a good team player when he arrived from Southampton for Â£7M in 2005. That attitude will not be a problem for Big Sam, who will sort Peter out quickly in terms of his attitude, but Peter will get a lot more game at Newcastle than he did at Liverpool. He will also get the chance to partner his England colleague Michael Owen.
Liverpool will of course try to secure the highest possible price for the 26 year-old Crouch, and there will be no shortage of offers. But itâ€™s up to Big Sam whether Newcastle will pursue the Liverpool man. However, there have been early signs of interest not only from Newcastle, but also form Portsmouth and Aston Villa, and a move abroad may also be a possibility for Crouch. The initial quote for Crouch is Â£15M, but thatâ€™s far too high, and we think somewhere around Â£10M or less will have Liverpool doing business for the tall striker.
If Newcastle are interested, the time to move is now, and we would expect both Big Sam and Chris Mort to be involved aggressively in trying to recruit Crouch in January. Peter is a proven Premiership player who scores a lot more goals these days, and is so much better with his feet than many people realize.
We would like to see Newcastle move very aggressively for Crouch, and have him tied up before the January transfer window even opens. Crouch has played 22 times for England and scored 12 goals.
But what do you think? Is Crouch the type of player we should be signing in January? Let us know.
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