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Will Stoke Take £70K pwk Off Tottenham’s Wage Bill?

Stoke City are preparing a £10m bid for Spurs’ striker Peter Crouch, according to the Daily Mail.

The forwards future at Tottenham has come under increased speculation over the past weeks, with QPR also believed to be chasing the signature of the England international. Despite previously claiming that none of his key players would be leaving White Hart Lane, Harry Redknapp is apparently resigned to losing at least one or two of his star men in order to bring in some fresh faces himself, and Peter Crouch has already caught the attention of a number of Premier League sides.

Whilst QPR were believed to be launching a bid of around £6m for the Spurs frontman, the £10m that Stoke are reported to be preparing will certainly appeal more to the likes of Redknapp and Daniel Levy.

Spurs have been linked with a number of big names throughout the transfer window, however a policy of selling before spending seems to have been laid out by the Spurs chairman and has prevented any real activity from taking place.

Stoke have been on the hunt for a forward throughout the transfer window and have been unsuccessful in their attempts to sign both Cameron Jerome and Carlton Cole.

The break down in negotiations with both players is believed to have been due to a failure to agree on salaries, and it seems somewhat surprising then that they would show an interest in Crouch, who is currently earning a reported £70,000 a week.

Crouch’s wage demands could well be the spanner in the works yet again for Pulis and co; however a desire to play regular football may hold some influence in his decision. Should the departure of Luka Modric provide the funding to bring in another forward, Crouch may then start to question the likelihood of first-team action at Spurs. Until then, he will be perfectly happy to let the other clubs form an orderly queue.

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