Warnock to launch ambitious Crouch bid?
As he prepares Queens Park Rangers for life in the Premier League, Neil Warnock is said to be launching an ambitious bid to sign England striker Pete Crouch.
Tottenham are apparently willing to listen to offers for the striker as they aim to raise funds for other transfers, while Crouch is desperate for guaranteed first team football with Euro 2012 next summer.
Having signed Jay Bothroyd on a free transfer during the week, the former Portsmouth forward is next on Warnock’s list of targets.
Crouch made his league debut for QPR back in 2000 and has since gone onto become a regular starter in the Premier League and a regular scorer for England.
It is unsure as to whether Crouch would want to swap a battle for a Champions League place for a potential relegation fight, but leading the line for the club where it all began could be tempting for the 30-year-old.
As for how realistic the move is financially, Warnock would require around £6m from the clubs owners for Crouch, while he is also likely to demand a competitive weekly salary.
Despite this, the QPR boss believes he is close to an agreement with the board about a financial package to offer Tottenham and Crouch. Therefore, they could make their move in the next couple of days.
This is potentially excellent news for the Loftus Road outfit, a player with Crouch’s proven ability at this level would be quite the transfer coup for a promoted club.
However, this could be balanced out with the news that star player and skipper Adel Taarabt has revealed that he wants to leave the club to join Paris Saint Germain.
It is certainly likely to be an interesting month or so before the start of the new season as far as QPR’s transfer activity is concerned.