Stoke City striker Peter Crouch confirms that he could leave club

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The Stoke star has been linked with Leeds United.

Leeds United have recently been linked with a heap of players, including Premier League striker Peter Crouch.

The Stoke City player has been struggling for regular first-team football at The Britannia Stadium and Steve Evans confirmed in the week, as reported by the Yorkshire Post, that Leeds had made contact with Stoke about a tentative interest in Crouch but they were told he was going nowhere.

But Leeds fans might like to hear the words of Crouch this afternoon, as he confirmed his frustrations with The Potters.

He is quoted by Sky Sports as stating:

"Ideally I'd like to stay at Stoke because I think we're a top 10 side and I'd like to be a part of that.

"But I've got to be realistic - I've featured hardly at all in the Premier League and that's what I want to be doing. If needs be I'll have to move on but I'd rather not.

"It's been frustrating at times when you don't feel part of the group but all you can do is work hard and get back in there - and hopefully I've done myself a bit of justice."

Of course Leeds and any other suitor still has a mountain to climb if they do harbour serious ambitions of signing the former England international, who scored for Stoke in the FA Cup yesterday.

Mark Hughes has made it clear that he has no desire to let Crouch go, despite the player featuring just eight times for the club this season.

Leeds are believed to be in the market for another striker this month, with Norwich City's Kyle Lafferty also a potential target for the Yorkshire club.

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