Leeds United's pursuit of Peter Crouch has taken on a new twist after the striker admitted he may have to leave Stoke City in order to play regular football.
The 34-year-old told SkySports after scoring this weekend in the FA Cup that he was dissatisfied with his of game time and would consider a move if his situation does not change.
The Yorkshire Post reported last week that Leeds had enquired with Stoke City about taking the former England international in on loan.
Can Leeds benefit?
Peter Crouch's gangly height makes him one of the more unique strikers of his generation, and it is no coincidence that his absence from the Stoke City coincides with manager Mark Hughes seeking to play a more intricate style of football than predecessor Tony Pulis' more direct style.
Leeds United are still establishing an identity under Steve Evans, but one of the side's weakest areas over the past 12-18 months under various bosses has been on the wings.
This season the Whites are among the least accurate teams in The Championship in terms of crossing accuracy, managing to find a teammate with just 20 per cent of attempts.
It is a record which ranks 22nd out of 24 teams in the division, which suggests they would struggle to get the best out of Peter Crouch if they were able to strike a deal to bring him in.
Could it change?
Part of Leeds' problem is that Chris Wood often plays up front on his own, and is doubled up on by defenders, making it harder to get the ball into him.
Peter Crouch is a more adept and experienced player, and just simply plugging him into the Leeds side would likely see their crossing accuracy percentage increase
Leeds have also added winger Mustapha Carayol to the squad, who impressed against Rotherham in the FA Cup at the weekend, and he is likely to give his side a greater threat from wide areas.