Peter Crouch, the Stoke City striker, has joked that new Chelsea signing Olivier Giroud is ‘the second best-looking target man’ in the Premier League after his move to Stamford Bridge in January.
Blues boss Antonio Conte made no bones about his desire to sign a striker last month, and he was surprisingly linked with a move for Crouch.
Now 37, the former England man admits it was a strange situation but there was never any serious interest in a deal from West London.
“So there I was, sat at home a couple of weeks ago when my phone started to beep and I heard I was trending on Twitter,” Crouch wrote in a column for the Daily Mail.
“I didn’t expect to see my name linked with Chelsea but that was the situation. It was all speculation, I suppose.
“There was never any strong interest. I heard Antonio Conte quite likes me as a player but I was only ever concentrating on Stoke.
“I didn’t expect anything to happen and, as it turns out, Chelsea have gone on to make a great signing.
“I’ve always admired Olivier Giroud. He is France’s No 9, he’s been to the World Cup and the Euros and worn that shirt with distinction. He’s a top striker and maybe he didn’t get as many chances as he deserved at Arsenal.
“He was one of the best signings of the window. He is good technically, strong and great in the air. I’d go as far as to say they got themselves the division’s second best-looking target man!”
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