West Ham have stepped away from their pursuit of Peter Crouch as they are unwilling to meet Stoke City’s £3 million valuation of the former England man, reports the Telegraph. Crouch has been lined up as a potential replacement for the injured Andy Carroll, but the Hammers want him for a cheaper fee.
It is believed that Upton Park is only willing to part with £1 million for the tall centre-forward, a third of Stoke’s asking price. Crouch, who is now 33 years old, has a wealth of Premier League experience having turned out for the likes of Portsmouth and Liverpool before now, but West Ham are not interested in paying too much for him.
There is an emphasis at the Boleyn Ground this summer to reinstall some attacking impetus into the football on show, and to make the Irons a more attractive, entertaining side. Having lost their main striker following injury to Carroll, however, Sam Allardyce faces a frantic last few weeks of the transfer window as he tries to line up a replacement.
Enner Valencia has already been brought into the club following his impressive displays for Ecuador in the World Cup, but the Telegraph believes that David Gold, David Sullivan and Allardyce are on the lookout for more attacking talent. The likes of Samuel Eto’o and Connor Wickham are also thought to be on the radar, but both would demand an even higher financial investment.