The Sunday Mirror is reporting that Portsmouth will bid Â£8M for Liverpool striker Peter Crouch within the next couple of days.
Peter Crouch – on his way to Portsmouth?
There have been various reports that Kevin Keegan is interested in the 6’7″ striker, and we think he would be a great capture for Newcastle.
He is big, and is very adept on the floor for one so tall, and he can also score goals with both his head and feet. Peter also has lots of experience in Europe and in the Premier league.
The England striker was sold by Pompey manager Harry Redknapp to Aston Villa when he took charge at Fratton Park, and later also played for Harry at Southampton – and Redknapp has been interested in bringing him back to Portsmouth all summer.
It seems that the other club who will be pushing Portsmouth for Crouch is Aston Villa, so if Newcastle are interested, they will need to move quickly, before Harry or Martin O’Neill at Villa snap him up.
Martin O’Neill of course is attempting to have Crouch included in a player swap deal that would take their own top England midfielder Gareth Barry to Liverpool.
Gerrard and Barry would be great together at Anfield, because they complement each other so much when running the England midfield.
Certainly those two work together a lot better than Lampard and Gerrard ever have.
Gerrard is also now starting to regularly produce his Liverpool form for England, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Fabio Capello names him the new England captain.
Crouch wants to leave Liverpool to get more playing time, after starting just 7 Premier League games last season, following the arrival of world-class Spaniard striker Fernando Torres.Â Torres and David Villa are both looking good in Spain’s two wins at Euro 2008, having scored 5Â of Spain’s 6 goals between them in the tournament so far.
You cannot blame Peter for wanting to play more and earn his money, and he seems like a top class professional.
But it would appear that Redknapp is now firmly in the driver’s seat for Peter, and if Newcastle want him, they have now left it very late.
We also know Crouch loves playing for the former West Ham and Southampton manager – and it seems quite a few players do.
Harrys’ pure class, and we remember he was so complimentary to the Newcastle club when he turned down the Magpies manager job offered to him in January, and we appreciate that.
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