Over the last few weeks, several of Stoke’s senior players have been linked with a move away from the club following their struggles last season.
Peter Crouch has particularly been heavily linked with several clubs and now it seems that the towering forward is a key signing for recently relegated QPR.
Rangers boss Harry Redknapp believes that Crouch has the quality to help the side shoot straight back up to the Premier League and are ready to do what they can to lure the striker away from the Britannia Stadium.
Redknapp is certainly familiar with what Crouch can do having managed the former England striker whilst at Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham.
On top of that, Crouch made his first professional appearances in English football for the London outfit back in 2000 where he notched up 42 appearances and scored 10 goals in what is now The Championship for his side.
It’s unlikely though that Stoke will be willing to give up Crouch without a fight as the striker has been a leading presence in their first team over the past two seasons.
Since joining from Tottenham in 2011, Crouch has scored 22 goals in 78 starts for The Potters including scoring a stunning banana shot against Manchester City in early 2012.
Alongside that, he has an impeccable international scoring record with 22 goals in 42 caps for England since debuting in 2005.
It’s this sort of form that has drawn Redknapp into signing Crouch for a third time as he looks to find players that he knows can perform and get QPR back in the top flight.
Redknapp has already marked his interest in Scott Parker with the Tottenham midfielder thought to be unsure about his long term future at White Hart Lane.
But with QPR now playing in The Championship, Redknapp is going to have a tough time trying to lure players such as Parker and Crouch to his side especially with both players determined to fight for places in both the Premier League and the England squad should they qualify for next year’s World Cup.
However, Mark Hughes has admitted that he is open to selling Peter Crouch since taking over at Stoke and this could motivate the Englishman to move elsewhere if need be.
Crouch knows Redknapp well after working with him for much of his career and if the striker is to leave Stoke in the next few weeks, it would be much more likely for a club he knows such as QPR rather than taking a chance at somewhere completely new.