West Ham United reject Stoke City's £3m asking price for Peter Crouch

The Hammers view Crouch as an ideal short-term replacement for Andy Carroll, but their value of the striker does not match Stoke City's

West Ham want to take Peter Crouch off Stoke City's hands - but the two clubs cannot agree on a price.

The Hammers value the 33-year-old former England striker at £1m - a third of the price Stoke would like for him.

Sam Allardyce is seeking a short-term option up front in the wake of Andy Carroll's continuing injury problems and sees Crouch as a perfect temporary fit for his gameplan.

But he may have to play the waiting game, as co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan will not pay Stoke's asking price.

Allardyce has secured the signing of Pachuca's Ecuadorian striker Enner Valencia, but the £12 million recruit will miss the start of the season through injury. In his absence, the Hammers boss knows he requires more firepower up front.

Stoke City want £3m for Peter Crouch - but West Ham are offering a third of that Stoke City want £3m for Peter Crouch - but West Ham are offering a third of that

"He (Valencia) needs to do at least three weeks' work before we'd consider him for the first team," said Allardyce after his side's penalty shootout victory over Schalke last weekend.

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"So yes (I want to sign a new striker). I hope it happens before Tottenham, I'm keeping my fingers crossed,"

"Everyone is trying extremely hard – especially the chairmen."

One of Allardyce's other short-term options is no longer a possibility, after Besiktas striker Hugo Almeida indicated he would rather stay in Turkey than move to east London.

West Ham are in talks with Samuel Eto'o but have reservations over the striker's wage demands. It was revealed last Friday that the Hammers are willing to offer the Cameroonian a one-year deal - but a successful outcome would be contingent on the former Real Madrid and Barcelona man accepting a reduced deal from the one he is currently after.

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