Cascarino: Crouch perfect for Spurs

Former Republic of Ireland international Tony Cascarino believes Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch should return to Tottenham Hotspur this summer and snub reported interest from elsewhere.

The former-Liverpool front-man only joined the Fratton Park outfit last summer, scoring 11 league goals, having started all 38 league games for Pompey.

However, the 6ft 7in forward is believed to be disappointed with the club’s decision to sell star performers Lassana Diarra and Jermaine Defoe since his arrival.

And with fellow lynchpins Sylvain Distin and Sol Campbell also being linked with moves away - and the club still being without a permanent manager while the takeover by UAE businessman Sulaiman al-Fahim continues - Crouch may be tempted to depart for pastures new.

Blackburn, Fulham and Sunderland are all thought to be keen on acquiring the 28-year-old, who has netted 16 times for his country, with the Black Cats' boss Bruce recently revealing that he has made an approach for the striker's services.

However, Cascarino feels Crouch would be better off re-joining Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane, where the front-man began his career.

“I’m not surprised that Sunderland are interested in Peter Crouch, I’m surprised more clubs haven’t been falling over themselves to make offers for him,” he said in The Times.

“He’d be a perfect fit for Tottenham Hotspur. I expected Crouch to be the most in-demand player this summer since it became clear that Portsmouth are a selling club.

“Crouch is an experienced England striker who at 28 should be around the peak of his career, and with the World Cup finals next year he’ll be especially motivated.

“He’s done well at every club he’s been at and there’s no one else like him on the market.

“He is a useful target-man for wingers and for defenders looking for a long ball and he’s got more skill than he’s often given credit for.”

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