Stoke City: I'm happy at the Brtiannia Stadium, says Peter Crouch
PETER Crouch returns to London tomorrow – but to face Fulham and not turn out for QPR.
And the former England striker will appear at Craven Cottage insisting he is happy at Stoke after Harry Redknapp failed to sign him for Rangers during last month's transfer window.
"Everyone knows that I have got a good relationship with him," Crouch said of Redknapp.
"I think he is a fantastic manager and QPR are a club very close to my heart.
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"That is where I grew up and where my family are, but it didn't materialise and I am very happy to be at Stoke. I've moved my family so often that I wanted to remain here."
Crouch has also exonerated Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini after their clash at the Britannia back in November left the big striker with three lost teeth.
With his mouth now rebuilt, Crouch stated: "When I first did it, the lads laughed at me because I had no teeth.
"I've looked at the incident again and there is no malice.
"I have probably caught a few people in my time and what's goes around comes around. It was totally accidental."
MAMA Sidibe and James Alabi, two Stoke strikers at opposite ends of their careers, are set to make their debuts on loan at Tranmere and Scunthorpe tomorrow.
Sidibe joined Tranmere until the end of the season in time for a possible debut at struggling Colchester United tomorrow.
And Alabi clearly impressed sufficiently during his hour against Scunthorpe in a behind-closed doors friendly this week for Brian Laws to take him to Glanford Park.
Alabi, who is 18 and has bagged six goals this season, will be hoping for his first-ever taste of league action in Scunthorpe's home game against Hartlepool.
The more familiar face of Sidibe will be missed around the corridors at Stoke's Clayton Wood training ground as he appears to be nearing the end of his eight-year stay.
He clearly remains way off first-team contention, despite some action on loan at Sheffield Wednesday towards the end of last year, and it will be a sad goodbye if it really is a parting of the ways.
"We will be sorry not to see him around," manager Tony Pulis admitted, "because he's always got a smile on his face. Every day is Christmas Day for Mama."
Some achievement given the fact that in the last three-and-a-half years the unfortunate striker has twice snapped an Achilles tendon, suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury and dislocated a knee.