Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has revealed his interest in luring Peter Crouch back to Fratton Park.
The Liverpool striker is expected to be employed as a lone frontman when England take on Croatia in a vital Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday.
However, the 26-year-old remains a peripheral figure at Anfield after starting just two Premier League games all season and Redknapp would be interested in signing Crouch should he become available.
The Macclesfield-born striker spent eight months with Pompey in 2002 following a £1.5million move from QPR.
Portsmouth sold him on to Aston Villa for £5million before Crouch joined Southampton and then Liverpool in July 2005.
"You will always be interested in someone like him," Redknapp told The Mirror. "He is a great player and can be unplayable at times. He is a great lad and great to work with.
"He was fantastic in that year he had at Portsmouth. The club owe him a massive debt for what he did.
"We bought him for £1million and sold him for £5million. He scored 19 goals and without those goals they would probably have gone down.
"He kept the club going and for me he has been one of the main players for the last six or seven years."