1 Feb 2019

Crouch to team up with All Whites striker

7:00 am on 1 February 2019

The former England international Peter Crouch is set to return to the Premier League and team up with All Whites striker Chris Wood at Burnley.

Crouch, 38, is expected to join Burnley from Stoke City with Wales striker Sam Vokes heading in the opposite direction.

Burnley said the deal, with Vokes valued at $18 million according to British media reports, is "close" to being wrapped up.

Crouch was part of the Stoke team relegated to the second tier Championship last season but has not started a game since September.

"The Clarets are close to completing deals to sign Peter Crouch and let Sam Vokes move to Stoke City in a striking re-shuffle at Turf Moor," Burnley said on their website.

Former Tottenham and Liverpool forward Crouch, has played for six Premier League clubs in his career and scored 108 top flight goals.

Crouch won 42 caps for England, scoring 22 goals between 2005 and 2010.

Chris Wood playing for Burnley.

Chris Wood. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Despite his age, Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes the lanky forward can be useful in his team's battle against relegation.

"There's no issue about his fitness and I think he has an intention and a desire to still make a mark in football," he said.

"We know what a good character he is and he still has that edge. We know he's an effective footballer and he has a hunger to come here and make a mark," he added.