Peter Crouch Reportedly A Transfer Target For Surprise Italian Side

The Premier League is chock full of foreign players plying their trade in England but there's not many Englishman who have spread their wings away from this country. Peter Crouch could take that step with one club from Italy interested.

Only 21 players have scored more Premier League goals than Peter Crouch. The English forward has netted 108 times during his spell in England's top tier.

Unfortunately for Crouch, and Stoke City, that time actually ended at the end of last season with the Potters being relegated after a decade in the Premier League.

That means that the former Liverpool striker could be playing in the Championship for the first time since 2002 when he was a Portsmouth player for the first time, that's so long ago it was called the First Division.

However there could be a way back into the top tier of football for Crouch with one team reportedly eyeing up a move for him, however not in the Premier League.

According to Italian site Calciomercato newly promoted Serie A side Parma are interested in signing the 37 year old, who has one year left on his contract at the Bet365 Stadium.

Crouch only scored five Premier League goals last season. Image: PA Images
Crouch only scored five Premier League goals last season. Image: PA Images

Parma have had an up and down past and have twice been in financial difficulty, leading to relegation from Serie A.

Last season though they earned their way back to the top tier of Italian football when they finished in second place in Serie B.

However despite finishing second and being promoted they had issues with scoring and and only found the net 57 times in their 42 league games.

Whether or not an ageing striker who bagged just five Premier League goals as his side went down is the right person to get over those troubles remains to be seen but Stoke could be willing to sell to get Crouch off their wage bill.

Crouch has experience in Europe playing for Liverpool in the Champions League. Image: PA Images
Crouch has experience in Europe playing for Liverpool in the Champions League. Image: PA Images

Despite staying up it seems that Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini could be a more likely target for the Italian side.

According to the Italian paper the former Napoli forward is also wanted by the Ducali and it could cost €15 million for him to return to his home country.

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Ryan Sidle

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