Published On: Sun, May 5th, 2013

West Ham and Stoke target big men

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch is a potential target for West Ham United this summer, according to the Sunday People.

In response Stoke have already started to look at replacements and have identified Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner as a potential candidate, the newspaper claims.

Crouch moved to Stoke from Tottenham Hotspur for £10million in the summer of 2011, although the 32-year-old has netted just 21 times since then, and just twice since September.

Crouch is believed to be keen on a move back to London, according to the newspaper, having also played for Queens Park Rangers earlier in his career.

The Hammers are still reportedly trying to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool, although it’s looking increasingly tougher to be able to and they have spent the last month looking at different options.

Boss Sam Allardyce believes believes the former England striker would add vital experience to his squad for next season, according to the newspaper.


Meanwhile, should Crouch leave the Britannia there will be a hole in Tony Pulis’ squad, but the 55-year-old believes Bendtner could be the man to replace him, the tabloid claims.

Bendtner’s career has stalled during a difficult season on loan at Juventus, and Arsene Wenger is unlikely to offer him another chance at the Emirates.

The Gunners are keen to offload the Danish international, and Crouch’s departure would help Stoke meet his £60,000-a-week wages.


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