Defoe wanted by Hughes at Stoke

New Stoke manager Mark Hughes wants to reunite Peter Crouch with former striker partner Jermain Defoe at Stoke, reports The Mirror.

Hughes has identified Defoe as a potential signing this summer as he looks to bolster his squad, and wants to offer Defoe and Crouch another chance to enjoy their partnership.

The pair have already played together for Tottenham, Portsmouth and England, and Hughes would now like to add Stoke to that list by tempting Spurs with an offer in the region of £6m.

Defoe currently earns around £65k per week at Spurs, and so the Potters would need to smash their wage structure and make Defoe the highest paid player at the club if they were to do business.

Crouch, meanwhile, is the subject of interest from Harry Redknapp at QPR – a deal had looked set to be done in January but was unable to be completed in time. Redknapp had publically admitted he hoped to resurrect negotiations this summer, but Hughes’ arrival could indicate a Stoke stay for Crouch.

Former West Ham striker Defoe first signed for Spurs in 2004, but left for Portsmouth in 2008. He returned to White Hart Lane in 2009, having made 262 appearances for Spurs over the two spells, scoring 90 goals.

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