Hughes unconcerned by QPR Crouch interest

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has dismissed his Queens Park Rangers counterpart Harry Redknapp’s assertion that he wanted to bring Peter Crouch back to Loftus Road this summer, reports The Stoke Sentinel.

Crouch previously played under Redknapp at Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham, and as such is well known to the 67-year-old tactician. And Redknapp revealed this week that once again he was hoping to link up with the giant striker.

But Hughes claimed that there had been no official contact regarding a transfer, confirming: “We don’t encourage any bids for our players. Even if [Redknapp] did make a call, he didn’t make it to me, so it wouldn’t have got very far.”

Hughes also revealed that he was not looking to offload Crouch in any case. “[Crouch] has done very well for us. We are happy that he’s here,” said the Welshman.

33-year-old Crouch is one of the more well travelled players at the top level of the English game. Having come through the ranks at Tottenham, he made his senior bow at QPR in 2000. He then went on to represent Portsmouth (two spells), Aston Villa, Norwich City, Southampton, and Liverpool, before returning for a spell at his boyhood club Tottenham, and most recently joining Stoke, where he has played since 2011.

Crouch has 122 goals in his club career, as well as an impressive return of 22 goals in 42 caps for the England national team, including appearances at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Crouch and Hughes face their former club QPR on Saturday.

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