The Daily Mail claims that Fulham have put Peter Crouch at the top of their summer shopping list.
Roy Hodgson is certainly in the market for a new striker – potentially to replace the disappointing Bobby Zamora – and the tall and athletic Crouch would seem the fit the profile of the kind of player that the Fulham manager would like to bring to the club. The rumoured £10m asking price seems a lot higher than the Whites would want to pay and might prove to be the stumbling block in a potential move for the England international.
On the player’s part, Crouch has publicly voiced his frustration at not knowing what the future holds at Fratton Park. A mass exodus looks set to continue during the transfer window, the proposed takeover by a Middle-Eastern moneyman who was cut out of the Manchester City remains in the balance and there are rumours about the managerial situation. The Mail report suggests that Crouch would prefer to stay in the south should he move on and that the carrot of European football, which he experienced with Pompey last season, could prove very attractive indeed.
The same article links us with the West Brom midfielder Jonathan Greening, who could be keen on staying in the Premier League. The Baggies are believed to value the former Manchester United player at around £3m and Fulham could move to test the resolve of new Albion boss Roberto Di Matteo.