Steve Bruce may finally get the chance to spend the money he received for Darren Bent this summer and it is thought that England striker Peter Crouch is his number one target.
With Sunderland’s Jordan Henderson likely to secure a big money move to Liverpool this month too, the Black Cats manager should have plenty of transfer money in the kitty to improve his squad.
Bruce did attempt to sign Crouch during his early days at Sunderland two years ago, but the then Portsmouth forward decided to join Harry Redknapp at Tottenham instead.
He is keen to go after his man again though and will tempt Spurs with a £10m bid for Crouch’s services. For what he could potentially bring to the Sunderland team, this might be a small price to pay.
The 30-year-old striker may not have the best goal scoring record in the world, but he can be hugely influential when leading the line. Just ask Rafael van der Vaart how much he has enjoyed playing alongside the England man this season.
This reminds us of the other side to this potential deal though. Do Tottenham want to let Crouch go? He has been a big part of their progress over the last couple of years and Redknapp is clearly a fan of having him in his team.
However, with Spurs hoping to push on for Champions League football again, they could look to bring in a new striker or two, perhaps pushing Crouch down the pecking order.
If this happens at this stage of his career, he would perhaps be keen to secure first-team football at a Premier League club. Therefore the Sunderland link is a realistic option for him.
What seems clear at this stage is that, having given up on signing Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck and with money to spend, Sunderland would be keen to bring Crouch to the club.
Whether Tottenham want to sell though or the player would be willing to move to a club he turned down two years ago, remains to be seen. There is plenty to develop with this story.
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