Last Updated: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:14
QPR boss Harry Redknapp is reportedly keen on signing Peter Crouch but Stoke will snub any offer unless they can find a replacement.
Redknapp has already worked with the 32-year-old former England international striker on four other occasions - at Portsmouth twice, Southampton and Tottenham.
And it is being claimed that he wants to take the former R's man back to Loftus Road to help fire the Londoners back to the Premier League at the first attempt this season.
QPR are currently in the second automatic promotion place, but Redknapp has consistently bemoaned his side's over-reliance on Charlie Austin to score their goals so a move for Crouch would be the ideal solution.
It is thought Crouch would be keen to move back to the capital because his TV star wife Abby Clancy is based there, but the main obstacle is that Potters boss Mark Hughes has yet to bring in his attacking targets this month apart from Manchester City youngster John Guidetti.
Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere was thought to be close to a move to the Britannia Stadium, but a possible season-ending injury to their star man Radamel Falcao could scupper that deal.
And if Hughes cannot find an alternative option before the window closes in a week's time then it is unlikely that he would sanction Crouch's sale to QPR.
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