Newcastle Go After Liverpool’s Crouch

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 it’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 £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 it’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 £15M, but that’s far too high, and we think somewhere around £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.

Comments very welcome.

125 comments so far

  • bobby

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #1

    I would bet any money he does’nt just retire and that he continues to dispense words of wisdom to any who will listen. Including (especially even) Newcastle if any one there has the gumption to ask. so if Ashley or Mort ever read this blog, as Hadrain has already said you have a font of knowledge at your disposal, “USE IT”
    Leo // Nov 16, 2007 at 13:56

    great article to read, based on the true greats we have recently had at our disposal. shame we disposed of him when we did, Sheppard= gutless scum.
    it does bring a tear to your eyes when you hear about how many illnesses he has had in the last 15 years, why does it only happen to the great people.

    Ashley and Mort give the guy a motivational role at the club, he is such a idol for so many players so i think he will help them from needing to ’soul search’ even if it is just to keep the man occupied, also give him a lifetime seat in the directors box, we all know he deserves it.

    btw what is wrong with people who write on the blog making paragraphs rather than just typing miles upon miles of words in a big big line, makes it really hard to read.

  • bobby

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #2

    the problem for the vast majority of geordies is we expect manager,new owner,new chairman and 9 new players in one pre season and suddenly the fans are expecting us to challenge the top four.the problem is this was never going to happen in sams mind and the minds of those fans who appreciate that substantial change to the extent of what we endured in the summer was always going to take time. the majority of fans who arent prepared to wait and call for sam to be sacked or meat and drink to rival fans who could see from the outside looking in, (just like the normal geordie) that imediacy in the current climate is impossible. patience, stability, structure are ingredients this club has never had and never will as long as the majority of the fans are expecting some sensational reprise and return to the keegan era style football. untill we learn to be patient i fully expect the press and rival fans alike to ram the words up our deluded Hoops. in reality, all 3 north east clubs are struggling. I seriously can not understand why roy keane is not under pressure at sunderland. 1 point from 21 is relegation form. their failure to beat a team as disjointed and dispirited as us was a demonstation of how toothless they are. 35 million spent in the summer on players which can not cut it in this divison. if you look at who they bought at the prices they paid and compare that to the players we bought at a net amount of approx 8 million even the most hardcore boro or sunderland fan would have to conceede that keane and quin are not exactly in tune with the transfer market. to conclude this epic point i must say that i feel in time, with patience newcastle can be a good team. much love.
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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3


  • MattyDread

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed that’s the most ridiculous picture I have ever seen in my whole entire life. Why would we want to sign a comedy shaped frisbee?

  • Callum

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Theres a few funny videos on youtube with crouch in that position, similar to the one about BSA a month or 2 ago 🙂

  • Hadrain

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #6

    i dont like the style of play u need to use crouch to get the best from him , but thats what we look like were trying to play anyway .
    id bid for crouch only if owen is still going tobe around , if were to flog owen id want that money spent on anelka .

  • Rafa The Gaffer

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Crouch is a very good player. He is under-used at Liverpool, but has grown an attitude problem because of it. Liverpool tend to sign your attitude problems (Bellamy), so it would be nice to see one going the other way. He may get to partner Owen, but rumours are that Owen wants out, so we’ll have to wait and see. Crouch would do very well at Newcastle and would definitely improve the squad, but if like you say, you want to deal sorted before the window opens, then you’ll have to pay the top money upfront.

  • Cyprus Mag

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #8

    I like Crouch and he would be a good acqisition for any team. My problem with signing him is it would encourage Sam’s high ball even more.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m not a Crouch lover, but if Liverpool offer us 10M for Owen plus throw in Crouch we should consider taking him……..

  • jiM Baker

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    i think Crouch would be a good signing for Newcastle.
    I’d say he’s better when the balls played to feet rather than in the air.

  • Bill f

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Are we being taken to task for our mode of grammatical expression, bl**dy hell we’ll be getting marked out of ten next.

    Still it’s nice to see someone attempting to educate us morons.

    As for Crouch I would open negotiations straight away to get him. I have always rated him. Wonder if they would sell us Kuyt as well.

  • nightfall

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #12

    i read ramos wants owen… if that’s true we should exchange him for berbatov… he can also create chances/score goals out of nothing and that’s sth. we need… especially if we’ll keep playing like we do now (players sending long balls up front and hope for the best)…owen can’t play like that…berbatov and martins can!!!

  • Kash

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    We’ve been linked to a number of big, strong, quick forwards who are young. Why pay for an overated lanky prick who blatantly can’t head the ball and tries to drop off like a link man and congests the play. Not having it!!!

    We need a big man who stretches the field of play, sign the bulgarian kid if he’s any good. For gods sake give Andy Carrol a few chances instead, at least he can head the ball!

  • Craig Futers

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Why would Crouch go from sitting on Liverpools bench to sitting on ours?

    Cos i wouldnt play him infront of Viduka, Owen or Oba. Even if all else fails we could play Smith or even Ameobi lol

    The money it would cost to buy Crouch (to sit on the bench) could be spent alot more wisely. I think this is a case of “buy him so no else can”

  • Kash2

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Alan Oliver has surprisingly just written quite a good article. For once he has a valid point. Wow

  • briss

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16

    getting rid of owen for crouch is a sin to God! no matter if their is 10 mil involved

  • ChrisM

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    I think this stoey is a load of monkey jizz. Notice no quotes or citations.

    Take its a quiet period at the moment Ed.

    Along with the Ben Haim story yseterday think you’re really clutching at straws. So i dont think its even worth wasting time at work discussing it.

    I mean the heading ‘Newcastle go after Liverpool’s Crouch’……..only mention in the first sentance of the second paragraph that you dont know if BSA is even interested.

    Now that aint journalism……but if toatlly skint you could probably get a job at teh Daily Sport!

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Rather have Younis Mahmood for a 5th of the price

  • yemozone

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #19

    we dont have to waste 10m on crouch.he is not worth it.
    If liverpool is selling 5m ,then he will be a good buy but anything higher than that is rubbish.


  • steve

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #20

    If we buy Crouch we need to keep Owen, however we can probably dispense with any midfield playmakers ( which we already have ) as we’ll obviously play to both BSA and Crouch’s strengths i.e. long high ball

  • adaaaam

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #21

    i think its easy to see that when crouchy plays for england our worst stuff is when we try to hoik the ball up to him from anywhere and the stuff tha actually seemd to work was gettin it into his feet or onto his chest around the box, hopefully BS hasnt missed that fact and if we do get crouchy it ll influence our style in a good way?

  • yh

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Never really liked him but he seems to be getting his act together this season – the limited football he has played looks pretty decent…

    Yeah but Anelka would be an even better buy I guess.

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s true he would encourage the long high ball – probably too much. But we don’t always have to do that. Anyway – that’s a good point. The other guy we like in Nicholas Anelka – who’s getting back to his form of his early days at Arsenal.

  • ChrisM

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Can i just say gentlemen……..Where the f*(&k is the evidence for this??????

    There are no citations or quotes or nowt. I’ve just told a scoucer sitting opposite me here at work and he read in the papers in the last couple of days quotes about how he’s an important member of the squad.

  • Rich

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Id pick Anelka over crouch but either player would be a massive improvement from Ameobi, id even he happy with Cardoza, mentioned on a previous blog.

  • Bill f

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m not sure that he is that brilliiant in the air, anyone who has really watched him will know he has a good all round game. He gives good options for any type of game. Definately go for him Sam.

  • Paul

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #27



  • JoshI

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Thing is he can use his feet just aswell as his head, so you have the option of playing to his feet aswell, use a mixture of long balls and balls to feet and he will be an excellent signing. i really rate crouch i think for he could be fantastic! and by the sounds of it there is a real chance we could get him. This article about transfers is the most exciting i have read.

  • joel gledhill

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #29

    peter crouch is the main man everyone!
    from what i have heard he has never had a bad game.
    we need a good header of the ball,and we should play martins with him,because owen is not comitted and viduka is getting old and he will need replacing soon.peter crouch is rated because every time he has came on he has scored! CAN NO BODY GET THAT IN THERE HEADS (HE COULD BE A TOON LEDGEND)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • joel gledhill

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #30


  • JoshI

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #31

    p.s I gotta admit that picture is extremely ridiculous! especially with the blue out in the background. Tis funny though 😀

  • Micky Toon

    Nov 16, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Ok, lads and lasses(?) I’ve been reading this site for ages now and I can’t believe the negativity towards Owen. We must cut Owen some slack. Even the great Sir Alan and Sir Les would have trouble scoring with the same distribution of the ball Owen currently gets.
    People moan about signing Crouch and how we would just play the ball into him for him to head it into goal. Er, Isn’t that what we used to do with Shearer. No body complained then. I love Shearer, I even named my B&W cat after him, but he was allowed some mistakes because he was one of us. Perhaps we should do the same for our current crop of strikers.

  • ChrisL

    Nov 16, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #33

    If Arsne Wenger was our manager, I’d have no problem with us signing Crouch… But sadly I fear that most other managers in the Prem (including our Big Sam) will see having Crouch as an invite to hit high balls long.

    The trouble with that is he’s cr*p in the air. He’s REALLY DECENT with the ball at his feet (hence why he’d work for Wenger), but if we get him in to win long balls, we’ll see just how many needless fouls can be given away by one man (not always his fault either).

    He’s a good striker but not the man for the Toon at the moment (though obviously he’d be better then Shola).

  • iain

    Nov 16, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #34

    i think its an urban myth that crouch is any good in the air, owen taking the ball of his head to score against argentina is a great example. he fouls players becuase hes always backing in trying to control the ball on his chest rather than flicking the ball on with his head whilst his back is to goal.

    crouch is just a good cf with good control/creativity and a decent scoring record.

    as far as good headers of the ball goes for target man we have one in smith who if we are going to hump long balls up the pitch to, he will win more in the air than crouch or viduka whos knackered legs wont let him get up very high to compete for balls.

    crouch imo is the same as berbatov both target men but not in the sense that they win loads of aerial balls their hold up play is based around their first touch with their feet and not their heads.

    if we want a genuine aerial threat there is no better than dean ashton imo he can power headers in like shearer used too and hes got a very good footballing brain/first touch and a decent scoring ability.

    problem is owen/shola look next to usesless for us so in reality imo we could easily improve by signing 2 new forwards suited to the way the team is playing.

    bobby – i think your wrong i think the majority expect to see a team of highly paid international class players do the basics of football right. and that is something that has been missing since sir bob was our manager and something sam seems to be ignoring in favour of new and unfamilior formations, players in new and odd positions and tactics that are outdated and wrong for the new even richer premier league where even teams like man city/pompey/everton/balckburn can assemble good footballing teams.

    if we did the basics right we wouldnt be the only team to have lost at derby, that points to imo a complete lack of understanding between players and manager becuase hes trying to be too clever.

  • vincent

    Nov 16, 2007 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #35

    omg….please dont let this happen..

  • micepie

    Nov 16, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #36

    There are so many comments on this that it’s hardly worth adding another, but oh well. When Liverpool signed Crouch I wondered what theyw ere doing, but I think he’s a really excellent striker, as skilful with his feet as in the air.
    I’d love him to come to the Toon.

    Ideally, Crouch, Ben Haim and…er, that Russian geezer (and also a very young player or two thrown in if that’s not asking for too much all in January)

  • Pedro

    Nov 16, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #37


  • Keep Oba

    Nov 16, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #38

    is he my favourite player? no….does he score goals? yes. Hes even goofier looking on the pitch than Ameobi, but the guy gets some results…especially for England…why he isnt considered to start more for England with 12 goals in 22 games surprises me, but whatever. Id rather have Jozy Altidore or Andrey Arshavin (versatile..can play wing, forward, deep forward or Attack Mid).

  • Stephen

    Nov 16, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Forget Crouch over rated……………….

    If we want a player lets go all out and get Ashton.

  • kopi 67

    Nov 16, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #40

    hope we can get him…
    but i still think we should persuade anelka or arshavin in attack line
    how many transfer kitty in this jan…..


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