The Mirror is reporting today that Rafa Benitez is preparing to make a surprise move for former England striker Peter Crouch.
Of course Rafa signed Crouch for Liverpool back in 2005 and Peter stayed there for three years before moving to Portsmouth and the 35 year-old is now at Stoke City.
Peter Crouch – is Rafa after him?
Peter is way past his best and not young at 35 (he turns 36 in January), but perhaps Rafa thinks he can do a job for a couple of years at Newcastle – he would be a stop-gap signing but could still do a decent job for us.
Crouch has only one year left on his contract at the Potters and could be brought in for chicken-feed and would likely be willing to drop down a level to reunite with his former boss, who got the best out of him at Liverpool.
Peter played 134 games at Liverpool and scored 42 goals and of course with his height of 6ft 7ins he is dominant in the air and is still a great header of the ball.
The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle would be able to offer him regular football in the Championship with the striker making only 18 appearances for Stoke last season with only four league starts.
Dropping down a level may also be good for Peter with him being in the twilight of his career and he is certainly a good physical player well suited to the Championship.
Peter has had a good career and played for over 10 top clubs and he’s made 639 total first team appearances with 187 goals.