QPR boss Redknapp wants fifth reunion with Stoke striker Crouch

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp wants to be reunited with Stoke City striker Peter Couch for the fifth time, the Daily Mirror has reported, as the ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager attempts to take QPR back into the Premier League.

Redknapp tried to sign Crouch during the January transfer window but was rebuffed in his attempts by then Stoke boss Tony Pulis. Pulis has since been replaced by Mark Hughes, however, and the Welshman will let Crouch move on once he has found a replacement.

With a squad overhaul underway at Loftus Road Redknapp is in search of players he feels he can rely on, with Spurs midfielder Scott Parker another old ally Redknapp wants to add to the R’s squad. QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is said to be on board with the Parker move and is open to signing Crouch as well.

If Crouch does go to QPR it will not only be the 11th club of his career but also his second spell at Rangers, having had a season with the club over a decade ago. Crouch has played under Redknapp at four of those 11 clubs – twice at Portsmouth, as well as Tottenham and Southampton.

Crouch moved to Stoke from Spurs in 2011, the Potters paying a club record £10m for the ex-Liverpool striker’s signature. In the two years since, Crouch has gone on to play 78 times for the Britannia Stadium outfit, scoring 22 goals.

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