A-League club targets Peter Crouch

First Emile Heskey, now Newcastle Jets are eyeing another ex-England and Liverpool striker for the A-League next season.

Reports in the Sunday Telegraph over the weekend revealed the Jets are targeting bean-pole Stoke City forward Peter Crouch, 34, as a marquee signing for next season.

The story suggested Jets owner Nathan Tinkler is using Heskey, who spent two seasons in the Hunter, as a go-between to try and lure Crouch Down Under.

“I’ve spoken to Crouch’s management and we’re trying to talk him into coming out to Australia with his family for a playing stint at the Jets,” Tinkler told The Sunday Telegraph.

“The FFA and Fox want to see some big names out here playing in the A-League and he certainly fits the bill. I’ve spoken to Emile and he’s keen to help if he can. We’ll see what happens.”

Crouch has scored 22 goals for England and played in the EPL for 15 years.

The Jets have endured a shambolic season and undergone a mass clear-out of staff and players. The embattled club currently sits bottom of the league ladder, one point behind Western Sydney Wanderers with one game to play.

News of the Crouch gambit followed a charm offensive by club owner and chairman Nathan Tinkler on the weekend.

Tinkler pledged his long-term commitment to the club and could be seen mixing with the home fans during Newcastle's 4-3 defeat to Sydney at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.

Speaking to Fox Sports' Kick Off program after the match Tinkler acknowledged it had been a difficult campaign for his club but was confident in the direction they were now heading.

“It’s been a tough year for everyone involved with the Jets unfortunately," he said. "We’ve made some hard decisions for the longer term good of the club.

“I got involved with the Squadron, as I did when they opened the gates because we’re all on the same team at the end of the day.

“We all want the Newcastle Jets to be better and more competitive and I feel like we’ve made a big impression over the second-half of the season.”