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30 January 2013 00:04

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis admits he would allow striker Peter Crouch a move to QPR before the end of the January transfer window.

Rs boss Harry Redknapp has made no secret of his interest in the 42-time England international, with the pair working together at Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham over the years.

Crouch has struggled for first-team opportunities this season due to injury worries and the form of team-mate Kenwyne Jones, and Pulis has now revealed a return to London could be on the cards for the striker.

Pulis told reporters: "QPR have enquired about Peter, whether we do it or not you'll have to wait and see.

"Harry's rung me up and asked me about the possibility, I've spoken to Peter about it, he knows about it and it's up to Peter as to whether he wants to go. Peter's very happy here, and he's made that clear.

"It's got to be right for the player, it's got to be right for the football club. The great thing is that financially we don't have to worry about bringing money in."

However, the deal could be jeopardised by the lack of time left in the transfer window, with Pulis stressing that no transfer would be sanctioned unless the Potters were able to sign a replacement for Crouch.

Pulis continued: "If it's right for both parties and the player wants to go then it's very difficult not to let the player go, the important thing for me is that if he does want to go it's got to be right for us but also we’ve got to have someone who’ll come in and do the same job.

"If the deal was right, Peter wanted to go and everything was in place and we couldn't find a replacement then he wouldn’t go because that would put the club at risk, and it's too big a season to put the club at risk."

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