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Crouch Could Leave – Agent
July 10, 2009, 7:02 PM
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Peter Crouch’s agent believes the Portsmouth striker is available if another club make a serious offer.

England international Crouch has been linked with a string of clubs over the summer due to the financial problems at Fratton Park.

Yes...that's his girlfriend.

Yes...that's his girlfriend.

AC Milan have been credited with an interest and reports claim Sunderland are ready to make a club record £12million bid for the former Liverpool forward.

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has suggested Crouch would be out of his price range as his future at Pompey remains uncertain.

The player’s representative Jonathan Barnett stated last month that Crouch had “no intention” of leaving, but feels Portsmouth may now be ready to listen to offers.

“I think Portsmouth have financial problems,” Barnett told The News. “I think every player is available.

“You would have to speak to Portsmouth to see if they are willing to sell Peter. He doesn’t feel he’s been let down, though. He has a great relationship with Portsmouth. He doesn’t feel let down at all.

“We haven’t heard anything from Milan or anyone at this stage.

“He’s a Portsmouth player, he likes the club and thinks a lot of Peter Storrie and Paul Hart.

“He is happy, but if there are circumstances where he has to move, that is football I’m afraid.

“If Portsmouth were to receive an offer from somebody then we would have to listen to it.”

– SportingLife

Analysis:  Crouch might not be a bad idea for teams with strike issues or needs for a second striker (Sunderland, Fulham..etc).   He’s a proven Prem striker, which is paramount in bringing a striker into the league.  He’s got a decent scoring record for Portsmouth (11 goals), and his price is reportedly £11m.  AC Milan are even interested in the giant striker and are fixed to be making a bid shortly.

Result:  There’s a good possibility Crouch could leave, but if he does, Paul Hart will have to find another point man for Pompey.  He was leading scorer for Portsmouth this season, so it’ll be important for them to try and hang on to him.


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