Stoke to open Crouch contract talks

Stoke City will hold talks over a new contract with Peter Crouch amid fears the striker could leave the club in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Crouch’s current deal expires at the end of the season and the Potters want his future determined before the New Year, when they would be vulnerable to losing the former England international. The 33-year-old could speak with European teams from January 1, while Queens Park Rangers are expected to re-ignite their interest from this summer.

Stoke however want to retain Crouch, having paid £10m to Tottenham Hotspur for the ex-Southampton, Liverpool and Portsmouth forward. Crouch will be offered a two-year contract, the Telegraph adds.

The goal against the Magpies was Crouch’s 35th for Stoke and third of the season, while Crouch also scored 22 times in 42 appearances for his country. Crouch hasn’t played for England since 2010, however, but was part of the squad that went to World Cups in 2006 and 2010.

Stoke are also to offer fresh terms to goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, while manager Mark Hughes is likely to be given a new contract as well.

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