Sunderland have resurrected their interest in Peter Crouch before what promises to be a frantic deadline day at Tottenham Hotspur as Harry Redknapp makes room for the arrival of Scott Parker by trimming his squad and allowing Wilson Palacios and Alan Hutton to leave.
It is also possible Redknapp will make a late bid for the Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill and include Sébastien Bassong as part of the deal.
Crouch's availability has prompted Sunderland to consider tabling an offer of about £10m for a player they tried to sign just over two years ago, when he was playing for Portsmouth. With Redknapp happy to sanction Crouch's departure after signing Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City, the ball is effectively in the player's court as to whether he is keen on moving to the north-east.
The indications are that Crouch will decline Sunderland's offer and hold out for interest from clubs closer to home, with Queens Park Rangers a possibility. Stoke City, who have also pursued Crouch, are resigned to missing out on the player.
"A few clubs want [Crouch] but we'll have to wait and see with that one," Redknapp said. "It's up to Crouchy. I've had Peter at a few clubs. Good player, great guy as well. But I suppose with Adebayor coming in it's an area that we're a little bit overloaded in and he's one that people want so, if we could do a deal with someone, then it's a possibility."
Parker's switch from West Ham United to Spurs is more straightforward. The England midfielder submitted a transfer request to force the £6m deal through and his signing is regarded as a formality, with West Ham moving to replace him by signing the former Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop.
"I think he's what we need," said Redknapp, who also revealed that Spurs had turned down West Ham's request to sign Jake Livermore as part of the deal. "[Scott's] a good lad, great attitude. Footballer of the year last year and he'll be a good addition for this team – no doubt about that."
Parker, who was linked with a return to Chelsea earlier in the summer, said: "I have had a fantastic four years at West Ham United and will never forget all the support I have had from the fans and everyone associated with the club.
"The manager and board have tried hard to convince me to stay but at this stage in my career I need to be playing in the Premier League, especially now that I am involved with England."
Palacios's £8m move to the Britannia Stadium should go through on Wednesday. Spurs and Stoke have been involved in a game of brinkmanship over the Honduras international but both parties anticipate that an agreement will be reached. Palacios has already agreed personal teams and undergone a medical.
Hutton should be another name off the White Hart Lane payroll by the end of the day. The Scotland international is a target for Aston Villa, with Alex McLeish keen to bring Hutton in as a replacement for Luke Young, who joined QPR at the weekend.
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