Well, we’ll find out soon enough.
That’s what Sky Sports News implied in a brief transfer segement with Dharmesh Sheth yesterday afternoon.
However, Sky Sports News is claiming that Fulham have now emerged as strong contenders for the player’s signature, as Crouch himself apparently favours a switch to Craven Cottage over one to the Stadium of Light.
The striker was part of Portsmouth’s training today, but the feeling seems to be that he will not be remaining at Fratton Park for much longer.
Cottagers’ boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that he would like to bring the player to west London, and he could help fund the transfer with the proceeds of the deal that could shortly take Booby Zamora to Hull City, with a bid for the Fulham striker having been accepted last week.
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly also interested in Crouch, but it seems that Roy Hodgson’s men are now the favourites to have the England man joining their ranks for a campaign in which they will compete in the Europa League.
We’re happy to have agreed a fee with Portsmouth and happy that Peter came up to talk to us about the move. We’ve given it our best shot in terms of trying to convince him that Sunderland and the North East is the right place for him, the right club for him at the right time.
And in that sense, we’re content that we’ve done our jobs. Now all we can do is just leave it with him and let him decide. I’m convinced that moving to Sunderland would be a great move for him and he would be a great signing for us and I remain hopeful because I’m excited about what we could do with him.
We won’t push him for a decision because it’s up to him to make his mind up when he’s thought things over. But I would expect that we’ll probably have some information on how things stand very soon. Something could easily happen in the next 24 hours.
Of course, Harry Redknapp’s interest in reforming his relationship with Crouch – not to mention pairing the big man with Jermain Defoe – at Tottenham might have thrown a spanner in both club’s plans.