Gerry Francis on why QPR should want Stoke's Peter Crouch

Gerry Francis believes Queens Park Rangers should be interested in Stoke City's Peter Crouch as he would be the perfect partner for Charlie Austin.

Gerry Francis has worked with Peter Crouch at Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City and is a big fan of the former England international.

Even at the age of 33, he believes the towering frontman is a useful Premier League asset.

It is for that reason that he believes QPR should be looking to land the experienced forward – as his contract with the Potters runs down.

Harry Redknapp has sought to play down rumours of reported interest, with there no desire on his part to work with Crouch again at a third club.

Francis, though, feels that the Loftus Road boss may not be telling the whole story, with it clear that Crouch could be an important figure for QPR alongside the in-form Charlie Austin.

He told Sky Sports News: “I’d be surprised at that. Harry and Crouchy have got a long history, he has signed him a number of times for Portsmouth and Tottenham etc.

“He is what he is, Peter. He’s a goalscorer, a real handful in the air, very technically gifted - volleying etc – and very aware of those around him.

“If I was a top striker, I would want to play alongside Peter Crouch because he knocks things down to you and can get you 20 goals a season. He does what he does best, and that’s being in and around the penalty box and winning things.”

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has expressed a desire to keep Crouch at the Britannia Stadium, with contract extension talks planned.

No deal has been agreed, though, and a man with 42 caps for his country is heading towards the free agent pool.

QPR could be tempted to make a move in January if there is a chance of taking Crouch for a small fee, with Redknapp known to be in the market for striking talent – with Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane also said to be top targets.

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