Given Sam Allardyce’s brand of football, Crouch was clearly an option and may remain so but the Hammers have put a deal on the back burner unless their is a change of heart by the player and his club Stoke city.
Boss Mark Hughes had made it clear on several occasions he doesn’t want to lose the player as reported on ClaretandHugh earlier today.
But we can now reveal that the Potteries club wanted between £4-5 million for a 33 years old player who would have no sell on value at the end of a two year deal.
A source told us: The wages were also crazy with the whole deal working out around £7 million. It made no sense. However, you never say never in this game.”
“The club could somebody tomorrow but whoever they get is going to be a risk.”