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Stoke star Peter Crouch wanted by Parma in shock swoop after Serie A promotion

Italian side are keen to bolster their attack having scored just 57 goals in 42 league matches

If you’re a fan of cult heroes and 1990s nostalgia, this one is for you.

That’s because Parma are lining up a shock swoop for Peter Crouch ahead of their return to the top-flight.

The popular striker and his Stoke City team-mates are still coming to terms with relegation from the Premier League.


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Peter Crouch signed for Stoke in 2011 for a fee of £10m

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Peter Crouch signed for Stoke in 2011 for a fee of £10m

However, SportItalia claim the 37-year-old could find himself back in the top tier next season… in ITALY.

Parma secured their place in Serie A by finishing second last term.

But they are desperate to bolster their attack having scored just 57 goals in 42 league matches.

And that has led them to consider an approach for the giant England international.

New Stoke boss Gary Rowett signed a three-year deal to replace Paul Lambert

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New Stoke boss Gary Rowett signed a three-year deal to replace Paul Lambert

Crouch, who bagged six for Stoke during their doomed campaign, recently signed an extension to his Potters deal.

New manager Gary Rowett is expected to make a number of changes this summer.

He is close to finalising a £12m move for Wolves striker Benik Afobe.

And the sale of Crouch would free up room in his squad and on the wage bill to strengthen his attack further.

Peter Crouch bagged six goals for the Potters this season

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Peter Crouch bagged six goals for the Potters this season

Parma have also been linked with an interest in Southampton’s Italy international Manolo Gabbiadini.

The Emilian side were relegated to Serie D back in 2015 because of bankruptcy.

That forced them to start again in the semi-pro leagues.

But they have shot back up the pyramid and sealed a romantic return to the top division last month.

The Serie A side have also been linked to Manolo Gabbiadini

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The Serie A side have also been linked to Manolo Gabbiadini

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