Monday 19 March 2018

Veteran Crouch set to get new Stoke deal

Peter Crouch. Photo: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters
Peter Crouch. Photo: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters

John Percy

Stoke City are poised to offer Peter Crouch a new contract as he closes in on 100 Premier League goals.

The 35-year-old's deal runs out in the summer and, although Stoke have an option to extend it for a year, they are expected to offer him improved terms with negotiations set to start shortly.

Crouch's goal against Watford on Tuesday night took him to two short of a century in the top flight and he remains a crucial player for manager Mark Hughes.

Crouch has spent much of the season on the bench but started the last three games, also scoring against Chelsea on New Year's Eve.

"I haven't played much in the last 18 months, it's been very frustrating. I've always believed in myself, always known I can impact games at this level," he said.

"Hopefully I've proved I can still do it at this level and keep playing. I know I've got a few more years left in me yet. It's been so frustrating at times where you're looking at games and you know you can have an impact and you're not selected."

Stoke could also offer new deals to Glen Johnson and Charlie Adam before the end of the season and are close to signing Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant for £1.5 million. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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