Writer: J P Fear
Date:Wednesday October 31 2007
Paper reports today are suggesting that Aston Villa are set to return for Liverpool and England striker Peter Crouch.
Yes, the same Peter Crouch we bought under Graham Taylor's reign for over £5-7million (depending on what report you believe) from Portsmouth and sold for peanuts (£2m) to Southampton! That was a criminal sale by David O'Leary when the squad was small and at worst he was another body to use. It was also a criminal sale by the old regime who didn't put a sell on clause in the sale contract so when he moved to Liverpool for mega money we got nothing....anyhow moving on....!
The report is in several papers including the Daily Mirror and the Telegraph.
According to a report by Vicki Hodges in the Telegraph Villa are 'desperate' to sign Crouch and will pay a record fee over the £9.65 million it took to buy Ashley Young to secure the services of the England international.
Apparently Martin O'Neill enquired about the availability of the 26-year-old in the summer and will return to test the water in January as Crouch has been displeased with the rotation system that has seen him spend a great deal of time this season sitting on the bench with just 5 starts in all competitions but most noticeably only 1 premiership start (4 times on the bench, 3 times coming on), a fact that has also affected his England place.
Crouch has 1 goal to his name this season for Liverpool, in the Champions League.
His international record is very impressive (as is his girlfriend to be fair!) with 12 goals in 22 games for England. His dancing is slightly less impressive mind you!
Manchester City are also being linked, although to be fair Sven is being linked to every player under the sun including Nicolas Anelka (oooh yes please for Villa!) and Michael Owen.
They say a player should never return but Crouch never really got a major chance at Villa and when played he was used as a target man with the ball being hoofed up and yet for a tall lad he is much more comfortable with the ball to his feet.
Would still rather Anelka mind you! What do you reckon, a good or bad move?
Crouch gets punk'd by Rio 'Silly Hair' Ferdinand:
Date:Wednesday October 31 2007
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