Crouch hopes to build on exploits

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Tottenham striker Peter Crouch has targeted a place in Harry Redknapp's starting XI against Burnley on Saturday after his midweek goalscoring exploits.

The 28-year-old took his tally for the season to five with a Carling Cup hat-trick against Preston on Wednesday. Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane have been the first-choice pair for Spurs manager Redknapp so far in the campaign, but Crouch said: "When I'm given chances, I can only produce and try to stake a claim for a starting place. I would be disappointed to be on the bench against Burnley, because I want to play every game. We've done pretty well this season, so I can't argue too much, but, hopefully, I've done enough."

Giovani dos Santos, who was taken off injured during the 5-1 win at Deepdale, cannot move to Spanish side Deportivo La Coruña until January. Deportivo's sporting director, Ricardo Moar, said: "It is impossible to bring Giovani to Galicia. We like him very much but the Spanish Football Federation has clarified we cannot bring a foreign player in. They would have to be [based in Spain]."

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