Stoke City Look to Replace Peter Crouch With Arsenal Misfit

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Stoke will look to Emirates Stadium forward as West Ham target Peter Crouch.

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The Sunday Mirror claim that Stoke City will look to offer Arsenal misfit Nicklas Bendtner an escape route this summer, as they see the Dane as the ideal replacement for Peter Crouch.

The England striker has played for a whole host of Premier League clubs and could be on the move again, with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce looking for a target man to fill the void left by Andy Carroll, who they won’t manage to sign permanently from Liverpool.

Stoke will then try and tempt Bendtner into a move to the Britannia. The Arsenal man has been farmed out on loan in the last two seasons, failing to establish himself at both Sunderland and Juventus.

The 25-year-old was once considered an exciting young talent by the Gunners, but his future surely lies away from the club now, as he has fallen out with manager Arsene Wenger over not being first choice upfront at the Emirates Stadium.

However, he has shown a knack for scoring important goals, and his physical style of play should suit Stoke manager Tony Pulis, who likes his team to load the penalty area with long balls. Crouch has been instrumental in their game plan in recent seasons, and Bendtner would almost be a like-for-like replacement.

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