DERRY City’s defence may have encountered difficulty during the latter stages of Friday night’s defeat by Dundalk but the club’s centre-halves may have to deal with another major threat if yesterday’s news in Turkish media is anything to go by!
While the British media were relatively quiet on the issue, the headlines in Turkey suggest that former England international and current Stoke striker, Peter Crouch, could be on his way to Trabzonspor!
Representatives of the 32-year-old, 6 ft. 7 ins. hitman are believed to be in advanced negotiations with Derry City’s Europa League opponents.
And should the reports be accurate, there’s no doubt that Derry City centre-backs, Shane McEleney, Stewart Greacen and Ryan McBride would relish such a challenge.
In yesterday’s edition of the Turkish daily newspaper “HaberTurk,” under the headline “Crouch Bomb,” it was reported that the player had been identified as a key target and that Crouch had already been in talks with Trabz coach, Mustafa Ackay.
Indeed, the Trabzonspor boss was reported to have claimed that “a deal was very close!”
It was also reported that the Turks were prepared to pay a fee in the region of E2 million to secure the player’s services from current Premiership club, Stoke City.
There were also several reports that the Trabzonspor assistant manager was present at the Brandywell to watch Derry face Dundalk last Friday night and he was currently preparing his report from that game for the club’s management.
EUROPA LEAGUE TicketS Selling Well FOR HOME LEG
Meanwhile, tickets for the Europa League second leg game at the Brandywell on Thursday, August 25th next, are believed to be selling well and these will now be released on general sale to the club’s ticket outlets from tomorrow (Wednesday).
Tickets are priced at £20 and £15 concessionary.