Stadium of Light target White Hart Lane hit-man.
Sunderland have made a £10million offer to Tottenham Hotspur for striker Peter Crouch.
The Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has reignited his interest in the 30-year-old to replace Darren Bent, who joined Aston Villa last January.
The England international seems certain to be surplus to requirements after Spurs signed Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor on-loan for the season.
Bruce is desperately looking for additional firepower after a relatively toothless start to the new season.
Having run the rule over a series of targets, he wants Crouch, a player he first tried to sign shortly after his arrival at the Stadium of Light during the summer of 2009.
It is understood a £10million bid was made, with £80,000 -a-week in wages, but the two clubs are a long way apart in valuation.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp today stated he may be left with no other choice but to sell the lanky hit-man, with Stoke and QPR also interested.
“A few clubs want him but we’ll have to wait and see with that one,” said Redknapp. “It’s up to Crouchy. I’ve had Peter at a few clubs. Good player, great guy as well.
“But I suppose with Adebayor coming in it’s an area that we’re a little bit overloaded in and he’s one that people want.
“So if we could do a deal with someone then it’s a possibility.”