Crouch has struggled for game time at Stoke in recent times.

Sam Allardyce should vie to sign Peter Crouch at Sunderland

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After the signing of centre-half Lamine Kone from French club Lorient, Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has suitably recruited in one position this month.

The 61-year-old is reportedly in the market for a new striker too - and who better to sign than Stoke City's Peter Crouch?

The Englishman is a good player who holds the ball up well, is capable of goals if played regularly and would prove a positive influence given his experience and persona.


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Crouch's arrival at the Stadium of Light would also see him reunite with former strike partner Jermain Defoe, who the 35-year-old played alongside so effectively during his days at Tottenham Hotspur.

Just over four years have passed since they last played together, but partnerships like theirs are often built on instinct rather than a process of adapting to the other's style of play.

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Not that the Crouch-Defoe combination was nearly as effective, but Manchester United legend Andy Cole said in numerous interviews that a natural chemistry between himself and Dwight Yorke was the key to their success.

And the very same applies to Crouch and Defoe. Ability aside, the pair know each other well and would combine effectively.

Whilst not the ideal option for Sunderland, Crouch appears to be surplus to requirements at the Brittania after making just five league appearances this season and could prove an easy capture.

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The towering striker even admitted recently that he could consider a move away as a result of little game time.

He said: "I've got to be realistic - I've featured hardly at all in the Premier League and that's what I want to be doing. If needs be I'll have to move on."

It's likely Allardyce has more than one option in mind, but with goals proving an issue on Wearside, he would do well to at least enquire into the Englishman's availability.

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