Chelsea looking to land Stoke forward with ‘Iberian Crouch’ misfiring

Premier League champions Chelsea have made a shock enquiry over Stoke striker Peter Crouch, according to a report.

The Daily Mirror claims that the Blues have switched their focus to the former England international due to Andy Carroll’s injury problems as they continue their search for a target man.

Chelsea were heavily linked with a £30m move for the West Ham striker, but he is expected to be ruled out for four to six weeks with an ankle injury.

Crouch, 36, recently signed a new one-year deal to keep him at the Potters until 2019 and has scored five goals for the club in all competitions this season.

After penning his contract deal earlier this month, Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said: “Peter still has a great deal to offer us as a player and we are pleased he has decided to extend his stay with us.”

Chelsea have also been linked with a move for former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko as Antonio Conte wants a taller forward to replace Michy Batshuayi.