Following the sale of Darren Bent to Aston Villa, Sunderland are making serious enquiries about Tottenham striker Peter Crouch, according to the Independent.
The transfer of Bent to Aston Villa has caused movement throughout the transfer market, with Sunderland now making serious inquiries about Peter Crouch at Spurs.
Crouch has been in and out of the team at White Hart Lane due to the impact of summer signing Rafael Van der Vaart and he may want to search for regular football to guarantee him an England place with the European Championships on the horizon.
Since joining Spurs Crouch has scored just nine league goals in 60 games, whereas for his country he's netted 22 in just 42 games - an average better than one in two.
Crouch began his career as a trainee at Spurs before loan spells with Dulwich Hamlet and IFK Hasslehlm. Since 2000, he has had permanent deals at QPR, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool and Portsmouth with a loan spell at Norwich in 2003.
Steve Bruce today ruled out a marquee signing with the funds raised from Darren Bent's transfer but Crouch may cost less than £10million.