By Danny Wright

9th Jul, 2017 | 4:12pm

Tony Xia responds to reported Aston Villa pursuit of PL forward

By Danny Wright

Aston Villa owner Doctor Tony Xia has hinted that there is no interest in Stoke forward Peter Crouch.

The Sun has reported that Steve Bruce was hoping to bring the 36-year-old back to Villa Park this summer as the West Midlands club aim to secure promotion from the Championship.

However Xia, speaking on his personal Twitter account on Sunday, has quashed the report by dismissing it as just “a rumor to fill the newspaper space” after a fan raised concerns about signing the former England international.

Villa have already added John Terry to their ranks ahead of next season and there’s no doubt that Premier League veteran Crouch would have also brought a lot of experience to the side.

Despite his age he played an important role for Stoke last term, as he scored seven goals in 27 league appearances.

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The Sun reported that Crouch is earning £4million-a-year at the Bet365 Stadium with Stoke and wouldn’t have been willing to take a pay cut to drop down a division to play for Aston Villa.

The ex-Tottenham and West Ham forward has already had one spell with the Villains, when he made 38 appearances and scored six goals before leaving in 2004.

Football Insider Verdict

Villa definitely need to bring a striker into their squad ahead of the upcoming season. Crouch would have brought a lot of experience and would have been an invaluable addition to Bruce’s team. His recent record at Stoke suggests that he still has something to offer and could have provided decent back-up to Jonathan Kodjia. Even though Xia has suggested that Crouch isn’t on their radar, he certainly should be. Villa have the change to have a strong spine of the team if they snapped up Crouch and Glenn Whelan to join Terry. They’d offer great guidance to the youngsters and are proven performers at a higher level.

In other Aston Villa news, this senior Birmingham City man has delivered his verdict on Terry’s move to Villa Park.

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