Chelsea Make Sensational Enquiry for Stoke City’s 36-Year-Old Target Man Peter Crouch

?Premier League champions ?Chelsea have made a surprise enquiry ?for ?Stoke City’s 36-year-old target man Peter Crouch in a desperate attempt to solve their problems in the final third.

According to the ?Telegraph, the Blues have made “inquiries” (yes, plural) about the 6’7″ striker as they scour the globe for back up for their under-performing star striker Alvaro Morata.

With Morata’s understudy Michy Batshuayi finding life in front of goal even harder and seemingly on his way out of the club, Chelsea now look to have turned their attentions to Crouch.

Just this morning, Premier League fans were left shocked as the Blues were reportedly interested in a sensational swoop for ?West Ham United’s Andy Carroll but now that he has been ?ruled out through injury, they seem to have quickly found a possible replacement.

In recent weeks, Chelsea have pursued a Premier League proven striker with target man qualities but any deal for Crouch is likely to just be a temporary loan deal.

Crouch – who turns 37 this month – only signed a one-year contract extension with the Potters in November, so any deal to lure him away from the Bet 356 Stadium could prove problematic.

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With Stoke’s recent relegation troubles and manager Mark Hughes’ sacking, Crouch has returned to the first-team and proved his use in front of goal, notching three goals and two assists this term.

Sparky’s replacement Paul Lambert has always liked to play with a target man up top and one of his former strikers is on Chelsea’s shortlist should they fail in pinching Crouch.

Christian Benteke is among a host of names mooted for the Blues striking role alongside Fernando Llorente who in fact declined the opportunity to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer, instead choosing to go to Spurs where he has only scored one league goal all season.

Crouch has admitted to being a Chelsea fan as a boy and was even a ball boy at the bridge, which could be used in Chelsea’s favour as they look to bring his seven year spell at Stoke to an end. It could be a perfect way for the former England forward to end his career.

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