West Ham United are lining up a deal for Stoke City striker Peter Crouch.

The People says Crouch, 32, moved to Stoke from Tottenham for £10million in 2011 and has hit 21 goals for the Potters since then. This season has been a ­frustrating one though, as he scored just twice since September, and the Hammers are ready to offer him a move back to London.

The former QPR and Spurs striker is keen to head south again and believes a switch to Upton Park is the perfect option.