PETER Crouch is set to leave Tottenham Hotspur in the summer – with Newcastle United among the clubs that could be offered the striker.
Manager Alan Pardew faces the unenviable task of replacing Andy Carroll in the next transfer window.
And Spurs, mindful of the £35m fee Newcastle banked for Carroll, are understood to be ready to offer him to United.
Crouch hasn’t been a regular starter for Tottenham in the Premier League this season, but the much-travelled player has made a significant contribution in Europe.
The 29-year-old scored the only goal of a dramatic game against AC Milan in the San Siro a week ago, the strike his 10th of the season.
Like Newcastle, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has also been linked with Ipswich Town striker Connor Whickham, and Crouch’s exit could pave the way for his arrival.
“Crouch will be offered to a number of clubs in the Premier League in the summer, and it wouldn’t be wrong to suggest that some of those linked with him in January will be in there again,” said a North London source.
Stoke City and Aston Villa are also possible destinations for Crouch should he leave White Hart Lane.
However, it remains to be seen whether Pardew will be interested in Crouch, or whether he would instead use the Carroll money to move for Whickham, or another target.
And Crouch or any other summer signing would have to fit into the club’s strict new wage structure.
Meanwhile, if United make another move for Birmingham City winger Sebastien Larsson in the summer, they could face competition from Stoke, who are also understood to be keen on the 25-year-old.