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Portsmouth Bid £8M For Crouch – Newcastle Interested?

The Sunday Mirror is reporting that Portsmouth will bid £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.  Torres and David Villa are both looking good in Spain’s two wins at Euro 2008, having scored 5  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.

Comments very welcome.

20 comments so far


    Jun 15, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #1

    I know a lot didnt want Redknapp when Big Sam left, But his what he has done at Portsmouth is amazing, Mourinho, Scolari, Wenger or Ferguson couldnt dream of taking pompey where he has

    Anyway i would like Crouch but i think the chances are he will be back there next season

  • Leo

    Jun 15, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    he would be useful

    also someone said to me that the whole 6 + 5 thing could very well happen

    it has nothing to do with employment law does it not, the football club can still employ as many foreigners as they want and as many english players as they want. just on the pitch for the first team they can only have so many foreigners…

    is that right or not?

  • dick

    Jun 15, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #3

    we cannot afford 8 million yet , have not sold enough players or cut any wages yet,bring back shepheard all is forgiven

  • Dave

    Jun 15, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    James Milner plus offer 2 million, then I think we can get Him

  • Spyro

    Jun 15, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5

    “I know a lot didnt want Redknapp when Big Sam left, But his what he has done at Portsmouth is amazing, Mourinho, Scolari, Wenger or Ferguson couldnt dream of taking pompey where he has”

    you don’t know that, Harry is nowehere near on the level of Ferguson, Wenger or Mourinho

  • Slam Dunc

    Jun 15, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Here is a brilliant article on the top striker targets across Europe.

    We’d be stupid to go for Crouch, there are much better players available for far less money


  • John

    Jun 15, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #7

    6 5 will never happen in Europe..they would have to change European law for it to happen and i could hardly see them doing that for just a game..

    Sep blatter is a complete twat who know’s nothing about football…

    I’ll ask a question..Who on here would prefer a quality Newcastle team or a quality National side who play a tournament once every 2 years our in some cases once every 4 years?

    for me, Club over country..My club is my day to day life, Country is once a month..

  • xfer

    Jun 15, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #8

    I like Crouch, and he will definately be value for money. Agreed totally to what Ed mentioned in regards to his scoring ability.

  • TOON

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Can Freddy Shepard please buy back Newcastle, good old fat fred…those were the days when i beleived we were a top club even if we were not a topl club…oh well a leat i have memories, shearer,champions league,top 4 club………………………………………………

  • Lacedaemonian

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #10

    News of the World are saying that Keegan wants Crouch for Milner.

  • micepie

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Would be an excellent signing and could play a kind of Viduka role.

    The whole transfer rumour spinning top seems to be accelarating the last couple of days but you get a feeling that it’s now a little more real. Like one or two others posters on the blog, as long as KK approves signings I think we should get behind him whether we approve of the new players or not. Whether it’s VDV or Chimbonda, just get behind the team. That’s only provided KK supports the signings.

  • micepie

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #12

    p.s – interesting article in the Times


    Copy and paste that. Interesting partly because their supposed valuations seem very modest – really TOO modest in some cases!

    By the way, when looking at News Now Toon you realise how few of the news links are from decent newspapers or sources. Nearly all the rumours are NOTW, Sun, Tribal Football, the usual crappucino. When something appears in ther Independent/Times/Guardian etc at least you know there might be something in it. Or ideally nufc.co.uk !

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #13

    CLUB o’wer country, every time!..

  • ilkkatoon

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #14

    RUBBISH NO PETER CROUCH he has ausome supply at liverpool from the midfield imagine what hed be like with our midfield!!!! absolutly overrated yeah he might play for england but jesus england arent even in the euros are they!
    where are the bids for Eren Derdiyok, gomis and gomez would much rather them than a lanky goose who will only come to tyneside for a stinking pay rise

  • izzymc

    Jun 15, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #15

    with milner probaly going to liverpool and taylor owen martins with no new deals i can see us in real trouble this season


    Jun 15, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #16

    With regular games I reckon he would score loads of goals for us, I say buy.

  • Ian

    Jun 15, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Crouch would be good if Owen was leaving, otherwise no way, we need another striker who can create something from nothing and run past players in case we get sopme international midfielders who are useless like Duff and Emre.

  • steven1979

    Jun 15, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #18

    NO NO NO….

  • scott9

    Jun 15, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #19

    why not just swap milner for crouch i would take that nayday especially if we get arda turan and seb larrson

  • Marty

    Jun 15, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Never gonna happen,POMPEY HAVE MONEY N WE DON`T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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