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Hodgson serious about Liverpool return for Spurs striker Crouch

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is serious about bringing Tottenham striker Peter Crouch back to Anfield.

The Mail on Sunday says Hodgson has made solving Liverpool's striker shortage his priority and is ready to test Harry Redknapp's resolve to keep Crouch at Tottenham with a £10million offer.

Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, who played with Crouch at Anfield, have sung his praises to their new manager and Hodgson believes the 6ft 7in England international would be able to either play alongside Fernando Torres or step in whenever the Spaniard is injured or needs a rest.

Despite Liverpool's financial problems with the club currently up for sale, Hodgson will be given money for a new striker if Javier Mascherano rejoins Benitez, now in charge at Inter Milan, in a £20m deal or signs for Barcelona.

He is keen to continue bolstering the English contingent in his squad, having already signed Joe Cole from Chelsea on a Bosman.

Intriguingly, Crouch may be tempted by the opportunity to complete unfinished business at Anfield despite the lure of Champions League football at Spurs.

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