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Sunderland boss David Moyes is eyeing up a January loan swoop for out-of-favour Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, according to The Sun.

The 35-year-old giant will only have six months remaining on his contract at the Potters, and it is thought Mark Hughes will want to cash-in to avoid losing him on a free transfer in the summer.

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Crouch will be reunited with former strike-partner Jermain Defoe if he were to join the Wearsiders and the Stadium of Light boss would be hoping they could rekindle some old form.

During their previous time together they notched 24 goals at Portsmouth, then 37 in their first season at Tottenham Hotspur.

Sunderland have lacked attacking options this campaign – largely due to injury.

Both Victor Anichebe and Fabio Borini have suffered lay-offs this term, which has made it even harder for the Black Cats to get goals.

Last week, the North East club’s chief executive Martin Bain said that Moyes will have limited-to-no spending power during the upcoming transfer window.

But the 53-year-old Sunderland manager still feels he needs to strengthen his side next month if they are to avoid the drop.