Spurs put £9m tag on striker as QPR, Newcastle and Stoke chase

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Newcastle United have made an approach for Peter Crouch and have been told it will take £9m to tempt the Tottenham Hotspur board into selling them.

It’s the second move Newcastle have made for a striker in the last two days – read about their move for PSG striker Mevlut Erdinc here – and Alan Pardew is keen on finidng goalscorers after losing his top two from last season.

Newcaslte aren’t the first club to have come in for Crouch with Queens Park Rangers and Stoke also expressing interest, and having seen a deal for Cameron Jerome fall through, Tony Pulis will be eyeing up the 30-year-old.

It is believed Pulis is making a second move for Carlton Cole this week in a deal worth around £5m to West Ham United, but having been rebuffed once already, it could be that Pulis changes his focus to Crouch now he knows the price of the striker.

£9m seems a bit steep for the 30-year-old who netted 11 times in 46 appearances for Spurs last season, but the lanky forward’s International record is more than solid and with consistent 90 minute performances, Crouch could trouble the league’s top goalscorers.

Despite boasting enormous wealth, Crouch is seemingly out of QPR’s price range and while Warnock would love to have the England forward at the club, the budget is measly for his first season in the Premier League.

QPR may not be relegation favourites but they are likely to find themselves towards the bottom of the league for most of the season.

Both Stoke and Newcastle are likely to be fighting for middle ground in the Premier League this season and the capture of Crouch would be a huge benefit in both club’s bid for top ten finishes.

Stoke are 15/8 to finish in the top ten while Newcastle are 9/4.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.