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Report: Benitez wants Newcastle reunion with Peter Crouch, who he once signed for £7m

Rafael Benitez - Liverpool Manager and Peter Crouch

Newcastle are reportedly keen on Stoke City striker Peter Crouch.

Picture Supplied by Action Images *** Local Caption *** 2007-02-10T175625Z_01_NEW10_RTRIDSP_3_SOCCER-ENGLAND-NEWCASTLE-LIVERPOOL.jpgPeter Crouch and Rafael Benitez together at Liverpool

According to The Mirror, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is pursuing a deal to reunite with his former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch.

Benitez has decided to stay at St. James' Park even after the club's relegation to the Championship, and has been splashing the cash in a bid to take the Magpies back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Goalkeeper Matz Sels, right back Jesus Gamez, defensive midfielder Isaac Hayden, winger Matt Ritchie and striker Dwight Gayle have all arrived at St. James' Park this summer, but Benitez doesn't appear to be done just yet.

Stoke City's Peter Crouch reacts

After allowing Papiss Cisse to join Shandong Luneng, another striker is needed to support Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Benitez may turn to an old friend for help.

The Mirror report that Benitez is keen to bring Stoke City striker Peter Crouch to Tyneside, having worked with the beanpole forward at Liverpool.

Rafael Benitez - Liverpool Manager and Peter Crouch

Back in 2005, Benitez swooped to land Crouch from Southampton in a £7m deal (BBC Sport), and he saw the former England international hit 42 goals in 134 games for the Reds before selling him on to Portsmouth in the summer of 2008.

Now out of favour at Stoke, Crouch started just four Premier League games last season, and could look to leave the Britannia Stadium in order to play first-team football elsewhere.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Newcastle and Benitez are subsequently believed to be considering a swoop for Crouch, which would add some experience to the Magpies' youthful attack.

Now 35, Crouch still has something to offer and will be desperate to play on a regular basis next season, whilst he could even become something of a mentor to fellow target man Mitrovic, who needs to round out some aspects of his game on Tyneside.

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