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Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Interested in Shock Peter Crouch Move

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IJanuary 18, 2018

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Peter Crouch of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Stoke City at John Smith's Stadium on December 26, 2017 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Chelsea are reportedly interested in making a shock move for Stoke City striker Peter Crouch before the January transfer window closes on January 31. 

The Blues are keen to bring in a back-up to Alvaro Morata and have inquired as to the 36-year-old's availability, according to Sam Wallace at The Telegraph.

Chelsea have turned their attentions to Crouch after another target, West Ham United's Andy Carroll, was ruled out of action for a month with an ankle problem.

That appears to have scuppered any chance of a move to Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea are now considering bringing in Crouch on loan until the end of the season.

Stoke confirmed back in November that Crouch had signed a one-year deal that would keep him at the club until summer 2019:

Stoke City FC @stokecity

#SCFC are delighted to announce that @petercrouch has signed a one-year contract extension, committing the talismanic striker to the club until at least the summer of 2019. https://t.co/UmbwpLEaYs

But Chelsea's interest in the former Liverpool man is odd, considering he will turn 37 at the end of January and has not impressed in a struggling Stoke team.

The Potters are in the relegation zone—a point from safety—and Crouch has managed just four goals and two assists in all competitions this season.

TV presenter Will Gavin said this was the funniest transfer rumour he had ever heard:

Will Gavin @WillGav

Peter Crouch to Chelsea is the funniest transfer rumour January has ever seen. Desperate for it to be true.

Meanwhile, Samuel Luckhurst at the Manchester Evening News said it was strange:

Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst

Chelsea made some weird transfer enquiries like Crouch in the summer. That it is happening now Emenalo is gone makes it even more bizarre.

Crouch is heading toward the end of his career and is widely considered to be past his best, making a transfer to Premier League champions Chelsea seem unlikely.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte appears to be desperate to bring in a target-man, but Crouch is some distance from being an elite striker.

There does seem little doubt Chelsea are in need of attacking reinforcements, with the club having struggled for goals. The Blues have just one goal in their last four outings in all competitions.

First choice Morata has seen the goals dry up and has just one in his last six outings. ESPN FC's James Tyler said the striker is struggling for confidence:

James Tyler @JamesTylerESPN

I feel bad for Alvaro Morata. His confidence must be so low that it's tunneled halfway to Australia by now.

Chelsea have Michy Batshuayi, but he does not appear to have convinced Conte of his quality. La Liga side Sevilla also want him, according to The Independent's Miguel Delaney.

Meanwhile, Stoke have denied Chelsea have approached them, per Sky Sports.

Chelsea's search for a back-up striker appears chaotic at best, and a move for Crouch would suggest a lack of clear planning with regards to the club's transfer activities.    

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