Crouch holding Sunderland talks

16 July 2009 11:11
England striker Peter Crouch flew into the north-east on Thursday morning to discuss a £12million switch to Sunderland. The 28-year-old arrived at Newcastle International Airport at around 11.10am after the Black Cats finally agreed a fee with Portsmouth late on Wednesday night. He will hold talks with Steve Bruce, but has also been heavily linked with Fulham amid suggestions he will head for the London club on Friday. The 6ft 7in frontman has reportedly become unsettled by the ongoing uncertainty off the pitch at Fratton Park and is ready to consider a move away just a year after joining the club from Liverpool in a transfer valued at up to £11million. Tottenham are also understood to have an interest in him, with manager Harry Redknapp having worked with the player at both Southampton and Pompey. Macclesfield-born Crouch scored 16 goals in 49 appearances for his club last season, and also played six times for England, finding the back of the net in World Cup qualifier victories over Ukraine and Andorra. Bruce admitted his interest in the player, and said his capture would signal Sunderland's intent this season. He said: "He is a player I have admired for a very long time, and I suppose a lot of other managers do exactly the same thing. "We hope we can try to put something together because he would be the type of player, of course, that would signal our intention of the way we want to take the football club forward."

Source: Eurosport