Eddie Gray gives verdict on Peter Crouch's potential Leeds United move

Leeds legend Eddie Gray isn't sure Peter Crouch would want a move to Elland Road.

Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has cast doubts over any Elland Road move for Stoke striker Peter Crouch, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

The Whites have struck two deals during the January transfer window so far, as Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt extended his loan deal with the club until the summer, having originally joined back in November.

Then on Friday morning, Leeds snapped up Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol on loan until the end of the season, reuniting with his former Crawley Town boss Steve Evans in the process.

Leeds will still be on the lookout for more reinforcements, especially given that manager Evans is still eyeing a late charge for the play-offs, with Leeds currently sitting nine points adrift of the top six.

One position which Evans should be looking to strengthen is up front, with Chris Wood enduring an up-and-down campaign, whilst Mirco Antenucci is out of contract at the end of the season and Souleymane Doukara hasn't managed to establish himself as anything more than a substitute.

Earlier this week, Evans was asked about the possibility of signing Stoke's Peter Crouch, and told the official Leeds website that he understands the giant striker isn't available right now, despite his reduced role under Mark Hughes.

The 34-year-old former England striker hasn't made even one Premier League start this season, and has played only 46 minutes of action for the Potters, bringing his future at the Britannia Stadium into doubt.

A move to Leeds would give him first-team football, and he certainly knows where the net is, but Leeds legend Gray thinks that whilst a short-term move could be worth, he isn't sure that Crouch would want to make the move to Elland Road right now, whilst also commenting on the club's pursuits of Kyle Lafferty and Jack Grealish.

"Peter Crouch has played at a higher level, would he want to come back down to the Championship at this stage when he still has an opportunity to play in the Premier League?" said Gray. "The boy Bridcutt has come in from Sunderland and has done well since he's come to the football club.

"You hope it goes like that if players like Lafferty, Crouch, Grealish or anyone else the club is mentioned with. Realistically, and Steve needs players to boost his squad to have a serious chance of getting in the top six this season. Players like that might come in only short-term and it might be worth it," he added.

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