Aston Villa are set to step up their chase for Stoke City’s Peter Crouch, with Steve Bruce keen on adding Premier League experience to his side, according to the Sun.

It is believed the Villans manager wants the former England striker to link up with John Terry, as the club challenge for top-flight football next season.

Bruce, however, could find a deal to bring Crouch to the club difficult to overcome, with the striker still part of Mark Hughes’ first-team plans at the Bet365 Stadium.

With the addition of Terry, it is believed they would also need to spend a considerable amount of their financial resources on the player’s contract, with the Villa Park outfit hopeful Stoke would be willing to let the player leave for a small fee.

Crouch is earning around £4 million-a-year with the Potters, and with no sign of him taking a pay cut, the midlander’s would need to offer around the same sort of money to convince him to join and drop down a division.

The 6ft 7in striker was previously on the books at the club earlier in his career, and is no stranger to have returned to his previous employers two spells at both Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth.

The experienced forward would be a massive addition to Bruce’s squad, should he be able to convince him to join them for a second time, with the Villa faithful expectant for a better showing this time round.

The club had a surge towards the end of the campaign, however a little too late, with them finishing 13th in the Championship, which many considered disappointing.

However, with the financial backing and enthusiasm shown by owner Dr. Tony Xia, the Claret and Blues are expected to put up more of a challenge this season, especially with the addition of, arguably, one of England’s best central defenders to have ever played the game.

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