Redknapp wanted Crouch at QPR

Harry Redknapp has confirmed he enquired about bringing Peter Crouch to Queens Park Rangers from Stoke City over the summer and suggested he could rekindle the move in future, according to Sky Sports.

Redknapp and Crouch have worked together at a number of clubs – Southampton, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur – and it was rumoured QPR were in talks with the Potters over Redknapp signing the former England international for a fourth time.

QPR host Stoke at Loftus Road this weekend and on the eve of the fixture, Redknapp has praised Crouch, who began his career with the R’s after leaving Spurs without making an appearance. He scored 12 goals in 47 games for the London club before joining Pompey for the first time, Redknapp re-signing him at Fratton Park in 2008.

“Crouch is a player we’ve spoken about a few times,” Redknapp said. “I brought him to Portsmouth from QPR, and I’ve managed him at most places since then. He’s a top player. You’d always have a Crouchy, he’s a great bloke and a good player.”

The 33-year-old has been at Stoke since a 2011 move from Tottenham, scoring 33 goals in 121 games under former manager Tony Pulis and current boss Mark Hughes.

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