English Premier League veteran striker Peter Crouch is being targeted by Football Federation Australia as a marquee for the A-League after the organisation was knocked back by Spanish forward Fernando Torres.
According to a report from Fox Sports, 37-year-old Crouch will be sought out by the FFA despite the fact he has a year left on his contract with Stoke City, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season.
As just stated on Russia Tonight I understand the @FFA are targeting Peter Crouch as their marquee search continues. ⚽️🇦🇺— Daniel Garb (@DanielGarb) July 10, 2018
It's understood Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory would be the favourites to acquire Crouch after losing key strikers Bobo and Besart Berisha respectively.
The move comes after Torres decided to join J-League strugglers Sagan Tosu instead of coming Down Under, with Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory keen to sign the former Atletico Madrid hitman.
Crouch was used as sparingly in Stoke's most recent Premier League campaign, scoring five goals in mainly cameo roles off the bench.
He has 42 caps for England, scoring 22 goals, and has also played for an array of English clubs including Liverpool, Tottenham, Southampton and Aston Villa.
Crouch's 201cm frame would pose a significant threat to A-League defences with his height and experience.