Middlesbrough are interested in signing Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, according to The Hartlepool Mail.

Experienced striker Peter Crouch is looking to continue his career at the highest level possible, despite being 37 years of age. His time in the Premier League could be over however, following Stoke’s relegation to the Championship, but plenty of clubs are circling.

Middlesbrough are just one of the clubs that has been linked with the 6ft 7in forward, along with Italian side Parma, who have also plotted a move for the former-England man.

Pulis is looking for a tall striker to pair up with either Britt Assombalonga or Patrick Bamford. So far in pre-season, Rudy Gestede has been given the nod, but Crouch could provide a good back-up. Equally, Middlesbrough have been linked to Burnley’s Sam Vokes in recent weeks, but with the Welshman’s value at around £15 million, Boro may look at other alternatives.

Crouch has been at Stoke since 2011, where current-Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis signed him for the Potters from Tottenham Hotspur for a club record fee of £10 million. Boro will be hoping to pay significantly less for the forward in this transfer window though.

The striker managed to score his 100th Premier League goal in 2017, and he may listen to offers from the Premier League to build on his tally before making the decision to step down a division.

Crouch also holds the record for most headed goals with 47, and is the Premier League record holder for the most appearances as a substitute with 143. But he will be hoping to be a starter if he does decide to move away from the Bet365 Stadium, and Middlesbrough could be the answer.


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