I’m sure we’ve all seen some incredibly weird stories in the Sun, especially when it comes to transfer speculation of a summer and in the January window but this week they have tentatively linked Stoke City forward Peter Crouch with a move to the Australian A-League.
Specifically Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory. They are two of the top sides in the division I believe, although I’m hardly an expert but having linked them with a move for Crouchy, I’m then left wondering why they instantly bounce to a story where he spoke about having ‘unfinished business’ with us.
It’s almost like they wanted to stop their own speculation before it got started?
The full story is here.
Suffice to say, both clubs are supposed to be battling for his signature as they know taking him to the league would give it a significant boost, as would the club who signed him when it came to their profile.
They then link to Planet Football where he was quoted as saying.
“I feel like there is unfinished business for me at Stoke. I still have a year left on my contract and while I don’t know what is going to happen in the next few weeks, I’d have no problem playing in the Championship next season and trying to get the club back into the Premier League at the first attempt. Hopefully, I am one of those who get the chance to Stoke back where they belong next season.”
Many will probably remember the interview as it did help sooth the fanbase, especially as plenty didn’t think Crouch had got the game time he warranted given the part he can still play for us.
They end by saying the Australian Football Federation could help facilitate a move by paying £1.7million to Crouch to make the deal happen.
I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t wasted my time reading it, let alone covering it.