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A report in the Daily Star Sunday underlines how seriously are Fulham are considering signing Peter Crouch.

The paper reckons that, far from baulking at the £70,000 a week Crouch currently earns at Portsmouth, Fulham would be willing to match the England international’s wages. The report suggests that qualifying for the Europa League has allowed Mohammed Al-Fayed to be a little more flexible in terms of wages ahead of the new season.

The Daily Star Sunday also plays down AC Milan’s interest. They believe that Crouch’s wages and the big fee demanded by Portsmouth would make a move to the San Siro unlikely given that Milan aren’t thought likley to be big spenders in the summer transfer window. Further good news comes with the revealation that although Harry Redknapp, who took Crouch to Fratton Park from Liverpool, was interested in resigning the forward, he has now turned his attentions elsewhere.

The Sunday Mirror has a different take on events. They say that Portsmouth are waiting for a bid from Milan, who Crouch would prefer to join. Sources at the Italian club claim that a formal offer will follow their initial declaration of interest in the player, which was made last week, sometime this week. The paper also suggests that Sunderland currently lead the bidding war, having tabled an offer of £14m for Crouch.