Add Peter Crouch To Newcastle’s Targets

News broke today that Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan may be looking to bring in Peter Crouch, Liverpool’s hugely under-rated striker, who stands 6’7” tall.


Peter Crouch – scored 14 times for England in 24 appearances

Apparently Newcastle would like to get Crouch during the January transfer window, and would no doubt offer good money for the striker.

The transfer fee mentioned is £7M, but it may take a little more than that to capture the former Tottenham, QPR, Portsmouth, Aston Villa and Southampton striker, who scored a superb equalizing goal at Anfield last night, against one of his former clubs, Aston Villa.

Crouch seems to score a lot more goals than most people realize, and in a Keegan style 4-4-2 attacking system, he could get lots of goals and create chances for Michael Owen.

In 73 appearances for Liverpool he has scored 18 goals and in his 24 appearances for England he scored 14 goals. At his previous club, Southampton, he scored 12 times in 27 appearances, and Harry Redknapp was his manager at the time, but couldn’t keep him when Southampton were relegated from the Premier league.

Not surprisingly, Harry, who is now at Portsmouth, is also expressing an interest, if the price is right. Harry said today:

“I like Crouchie and I would take him any day of the week but I just don’t know whether Liverpool would be willing to sell him,”

“He did a great job for me when he was at Portsmouth before and he is also a very nice lad.”

No doubt Peter would be happy to join Harry Redknapp again, since Harry is great with his players, but we feel he would find Keegan’s new Newcastle hard to turn down, if indeed Newcastle went after him in January.

The news on Peter is that he’s not too happy to warm the bench at Liverpool for too many games, and he’d play a lot more on Tyneside. The Macclesfield born striker turns 27 years old at the end of the month.

We think he’d be a good buy for the club.

What do you think? Let us know.

Comments are very welcome.

51 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #1

    How can we play beautiful football with a gangly giant running like a total tard up and down the pitch. Allright player though.

  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #2

    am not sure e wud quite fit in2 the keegan style, sayin that if e can score more club goals am sure e wud reshape the mould!

  • scott9

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #3

    great player would could poentially score 15-20 goals a season if he played every game for liverpool but i dont think we have any chance of getting him i really want to no who keegans top 3 targets are because half the stories branded about at the moment is just bull s*it

  • nufctj

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #4

    no, No, NO!

    please tell me this is just a rumor!


  • Leo*

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #5

    crouchie would be a good addition. most of his app’s were from the bench also. i would want to look at his goal per minute ratio compared to say rooney…

  • toon sooth

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Crouch would be great if we could get him. A great target man who ca hold up the ball as well as score great goals. very good for a bean pole!

  • nufctj

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #7

    interesting article here:

    Signings may define Keegan tenure
    by Norman Hubbard

    Revered in some quarters and ridiculed in others, Kevin Keegan’s return on Saturday proved that attacking football is easier to preach than practice. A stranger to the concept of quiet consolidation, the next questions about the new regime concern the personnel involved in his overhaul of the club.

    There is the sense that a transfer market profit is anathema to Keegan, though chequebook management should not be the stock in trade of a supposed messiah. Moreover, by his own admission, the new manager has not watched a live game in the three years since he left Manchester City, which may not bode well for his recruitment drive and suggests he will not be rivalling Arsene Wenger for obscure but emerging talents overseas.

    Even at City, when he had a closer vantage point to prepare purchases, some of his buys resembled an old pals’ act. If David Seaman and Robbie Fowler, both in decline then, were signed, which era will Keegan recollect when planning his next spending spree?

    The presumption is that his targets will be predominantly forwards and, given the seeming largesse of owner Mike Ashley, ambitious. The most far-fetched suggestions are that he will sign Dimitar Berbatov and Micah Richards, though there is yet to be a coherent explanation why either might opt for Tyneside.

    Both, obviously, would benefit Newcastle, though both their ethos and the identity of their appointment may preclude dealing with the most difficult issue. After a manager, in Sam Allardyce, completely ill-suited to Newcastle, they now have a man who epitomises the club, from its endearing enthusiasm for attack to the inherent flaws in his continual disdain for defending.

    But having inherited a faulty defence, the cynics may suggest Keegan will see no need to change Allardyce’s rearguard. Though, having used David Ginola, Keith Gillespie and Shaun Wright-Phillips as wing-backs in his earlier managerial incarnations, Keegan may be tempted to reduce their number to three as a way of introducing another attack-minded player.

    Indeed, the excellent David Bentley has already been linked and would make both a plausible and a promising addition on the flanks. Meanwhile, the presence of three wingers, in Damien Duff, Charles N’Zogbia and James Milner, in Keegan’s initial selection, may reflect a historic fondness for wide players, but is a closer indication of just how decimated Newcastle, in inimitable fashion, were. The willingness of much of the midfield to pick up suspensions, just as the alternatives were heading off to Africa, is indicative of the club’s self-destructive streak.

    It rendered Keegan’s first match tougher, with the only ten available outfield players all enforced picks. So the most notable choice was that of captain, a department where Allardyce twice erred by opting first for Geremi and then Alan Smith. Nominating Michael Owen is a statement of a preference for attack, yet appointing a player who mustered a mere 18 touches at Old Trafford the previous week is not a recipe for inspirational leadership. A capacity for anonymity does not rank highly among the ideal criteria for a dominant leader. In any case, Owen is now in the position Alan Shearer was in Keegan’s England team in Euro 2000, when the manager deferred to his captain’s reputation rather than judging him on his mediocre form.

    As it verges on the inconceivable that Keegan will not sign a forward, Owen’s status as skipper is a further complication to the striking situation. Allardyce opted for two captains who scarcely merited a place in the team. There is a danger that Keegan could repeat his predecessor’s errors especially as, when Obafemi Martins returns from the African Cup of Nations, his is a stronger case for selection than Owen’s.

    Moreover, with the spectre of Shearer to complete the so-called dream team on the coaching staff, Keegan is in danger of beginning his regime with a brace of appointments for the wrong reasons: Owen to placate a player unhappy with his treatment in Euro 2000 and Shearer to sate Tyneside’s appetite for big names and fascination with their own.

    It would be more constructive to focus on the flaws in the team he inherited. The unsettled Emre apart, there is a marked lack of creativity in the centre of the midfield, indicative of Allardyce’s preference for costly scrappers. Keegan, who has long appreciated gifted passers, should make the signing of one to complement Nicky Butt a priority. Steering Joey Barton back to the straight and narrow path that he has always struggled to follow should be another though, as both Allardyce and Stuart Pearce can testify, investing too much faith in the midfield miscreant is a dangerous policy.

    And while, despite suggestions of Sol Campbell and Daniel van Buyten, it is unlikely to be Keegan’s first objective, identifying and – in all probability – buying, a central defensive partner for the excellent Steven Taylor is necessary. To aid him in the process, he could do worse than turn to another much-maligned manager (in Manchester, at least). As Keegan’s assistant, Stuart Pearce deserves much of the credit for transforming Richard Dunne and Sylvain Distin into one of the Premier League’s most dependable defensive duos. Were he to do something similar at St James’s Park – possibly combining it with his Under-21 duties – it would reduce the pressure on the forwards to prove free-scoring.

    Keegan has made transfer errors in the past.

    Given his lack of recent exposure to the game, Jermain Defoe would represent a logical addition for Keegan as a player capable of operating in harness with either Martins or Mark Viduka. Certainly his speed is required as Allardyce left a team that, with notable exceptions such as the Nigerian and Charles N’Zogbia, is worryingly slow.

    But, while Keegan appears under the illusion that he has inherited a small squad, that is merely a consequence of Newcastle’s many absentees. Dispensing with the deadwood, or those who could raise value funds, is essential; Owen, Smith, Geremi, Jose Enrique and David Rozehnal would all be deemed surplus to requirements by this observer.

    With Newcastle near-certainties for a mid-table finish, there should be no rush. All this could happen in the summer but then Keegan has always done everything in a hurry and impatience is a trait he appears to share with Ashley. Expect rapid change.

    But while an understanding of the psyche of the fanbase equips him to know the style of football Newcastle fans desire, it does not necessarily suggest he will recruit well. At both Newcastle and Manchester City, many of his successes and failings were attributed to signings, from inspirational additions like Peter Beardsley and Andy Cole to questionable choices such as Steve McManaman, Fowler and Seaman. It is likely to be a similar situation again and Keegan has to buy well if he is not to prove an endearing anachronism.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #8

    i prefer we sign someone less ugly …………… 😀

  • nufctj

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #9

    plus he is somewhat inflicted with…

    ya know…


  • Kash2

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #10

    There’s no need for him considering we have Owen, Martins, Viduka, Shola & Carroll. We could really do with someone on the right wing with some real quality accurate distribution and another central midfield player who can really dictate the tempo of a game. Maybe difficult to find such players but they should be our priority!!!!

  • Jon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #11

    No!!!! Peter Crouch is not good enough!

  • Leo*

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #12

    jose enrique and rozehnal surplus to requirements, come on that writer is an idiot, give them a little bit of time to get aclimatised and they will both be top class

  • scottish mag

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #13

    i heard that portsmouth want ameobi

    can anyone tell me if it is true?

    if it is SELL,SELL,SELL. he is useless!
    how much do you reckon he would go for?

  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #14

    jose enrique and rozehnal will come good, owen 2 wen we start playin decent footy again. midfield is where we must stengthen imo, centre and right mid in fact

  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #15

    50p for strolla!

  • antz

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #16

    yet more speculation from you ed! getting slightly tedious now

    we all have this newsnow site that turns out this usual rumour dross

  • Astidores Sanchez Blanco

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #17

    What a slow and boring day its been for Newcastle United. Plenty of random names but little seems to be happening. The transfer window has been such a let down so far.

  • nufctj

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #18


    couldn’t agree more

    how can we honestly evaluate how good our forwards are until we strengthen our midfield?

    They are not getting any service.

  • nufctj

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #19


    be patient lad

    be patient!

  • Kash2

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Norman Hubbard is a PRICK! Simple!!!!! Some yank who reckons he knows about football, who blatantly hasn’t got a clue and probably has never been anywhere else in the UK apart from London! Cock!!!!

    Jose Enrique is showing signs of developing into a quality player. Me saying that is a surprise considering I’m not his biggest fan. Rozey, well he may have a point, and its plain to see about the other players!

  • jimmer

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #21

    crouch fits the long ball game, liverpool dont play it thats why he comes off the bench so much. dont want him, because i dont want that style, hes a good player though

  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #22

    thats it mate, owen aint gettin any service let alone a crap 1. SA tactics are crap and have hindered the club, attackin keegan tactics will be a blessing 4 owen n martins i garrentee it. once the mid is sorted we’l be bangin they goals in again! cant wait

  • scottish mag

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #23

    something is goin to happen today or tommorrow as keegan, mcdermott and another person have locked themselves in a room with a do not disturb sign on the door.

  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #24

    David Rozehnal as he grows he will flourish into a strong centre half or possibly even a defensive midfielder…. Lets give the guy’s a chance for god sake!

  • scottish mag

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #25

    yeah ur right as soon as some attackng cm come in and inprove the sqaud as well as another rm then our strikers will be bangin them in.

    heard ppl on about diego from werder bremen, dont think we could get him inter and juventus after his signature

  • IanG

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Not sure that the daft dance he does at the corner flag would go down too well with the Geordie faithful.
    Think he would be a good addition for £7M though… less what we offload Ameba for .. if anybody really wants him. Remember that we seem to be a bit vertically challenged in the box, he’d address that shortcoming for sure.

  • micepie

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Crouch is a great player with his feet, slightly less so in the air, so is still a Keegan-type player. He can make goals. I’d be delighted, but I think surely it would take more like 12M than 7M?

  • nufctj

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Defoe or Crouch?

    I would take Defoe. 100% of the time.

    But if we were to sign Crouch and he scores a lot of goals for us, then I will be the first one to say what a brilliant signing he was!

    But we don’t need forwards. tdt and I have it right..

    fix the midfield!

  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #29

    we no wots best nufctj 🙂

  • Toony

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Dear KK, Please sign someone quickly and stop this endless bollox in the media…..David Beckham ,Micah Richards Asama Bin Laden its doing my box in aaaaaaaaaaargh!!!!!!!

  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #31

    We’ve just got rid of a route one manager. Why go and buy someone who inevitably will attract long high hopeful balls all day long. Better teams have sussed Wimbledon / Bolton style teams, The ” have it ” teams have had their day. Ironcally Crouch isn’t the worst on the ground but this would be lost on team mates who will just seem him as a beacon and launch everything aerially. Everything we’ve been trying to get rid of.

  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #32

    lol so the scouts did find osama bin ladin after all? well there you go, all fat sams works finally payin off! lol

  • Toony

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Whatever his name is I bet he still doesnt come!!!

  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #34


  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Our midfield is extremely weak. We have too many slow players with no vision for a defense splitting pass! Emre and N’Zogbia are the only ones and Emre does give away posession way too easily for my liking, not only that but he does get lots of injuries and suspensions. That is our area of biggest concern and please bring in a replacement for Bambi Ameobi! He is useless! I don’t mind if it’s Crouch or Defoe but please King Kev send him packing to Portsmouth! Also bring in Bentley as that guy seems to get better and better and who can forget that screamer he scored against us ( the bastard!). He is what we should be looking for, Asharvin is also good but midfield has to be our priority.

  • nufctj

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #36

    saw some strange footage of big sam fishing the other night, was kind of surprised to see him with all that time on his hands. I thought the offers would be rolling in from all the other clubs who want to play robot football.

  • UTD111

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #37

    Can’t believe all of the rubbish that’s being written about who United are supposed to be interested in. Its even getting to the point where other teams managers and spotty southern journalists straight out of media school are saying things like “Keegan is deluded if he thinks he’s going to get [your name here] – so theyre writing fiction about who we are going for then criticising us for the content of their fiction -before Kev’s even got up and brushed his teeth!
    Can I remind everybody what the club has actually said on the subject? “we’re after 2 or 3 quality players and we might not get any of them”

  • jarrageordie

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #38

    the new les ferdinand ??? lol

  • Bobby Ollox

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #39

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  • Obafan

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Like many of you mention, our midfield has to be our priority. We need creativity in the middle of the squad and once we have got that our strikers will score without any doubt. Now the few chances they get often go wide, because;
    1. bad service, have to work very hard and if they create their own chance they often are a bit tired
    2. a few chances from which not much end in the back of the net => confidence gets down.

    I would be delighted with Sol, if he joined for our defence, but then rebuild our midfield please.


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