Sunderland should make a move for Stoke City's Peter Crouch

Stoke City's Peter Crouch reacts

Peter Crouch has played at the highest level and could be an ideal signing for Sunderland.

Peter Crouch  - LiverpoolPeter Crouch would be a fantastic signing for Sunderland

Peter Crouch's involvement in Stoke City's Premier League campaign last term was limited to say the least. The former Liverpool and Tottenham star made just four league starts for the Potters, and with their pursuit of West Brom's Saido Berahino gaining momentum (Sky Sports), he could find his playing time curtailed even further.

The 6ft 7 in Crouch would be a wonderful acquisition for Sunderland, who are desperately short of a target man up front to help bring out the best in Jermain Defoe. The pair have enjoyed extremely successful partnerships in the past at both Portsmouth and Tottenham, and although they're in the twilight of their careers, they could still strike up a formidable partnership, for one more season at least.

Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch playing for Tottenham in 2010Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch playing for Tottenham in 2010

The Blacks Cats are no strangers to successful little and large parings up front. Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips formed one of the Premier League's most effective strike forces from the late 90's to the early 2000's. They're telepathic understanding helped the Wearsiders to back-to-back seventh place finishes at the turn of the century, combining for 65 league goals in two seasons.

Crouch and Defoe could emulate this wonderful pairing and help force Sunderland further up the league. 

With Sam Allardyce's England appointment imminent, a move for Crouch will depend heavily on who will be the next manager to take the reigns at the Stadium of Light, and whether or not a big man in attack fits in with their footballing philosophy.

England's Peter Crouch (L) attempts an overhead kick Crouch has fantastic technical ability for a  big man

Although he is 35, he would still represent a fantastic signing for the North East outfit, and the fact that he was never blessed with any pace should equate to him being able to play at the highest level for longer, as his game has not changed that much despite his advancing years.

Should a move come to fruition, it would be fantastic to see Crouch and Defoe line up together once again, and give the Sunderland fans reason to be excited for the new season.

Stoke City's Peter Crouch in action with Crystal Palace's James McArthur Crouch's first-team opportunities at Stoke were limited last season

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