Newcastle’s move for Liverpool’s Crouch is a joke, right?

I mean…COME ON!

The news doing the rounds is that Liverpool are lining up a recruit of the likes of David Villa (or Darren Bent, who sounds much more likely) and to make such a deal happen they’ll ship out Peter Crouch, who has fallen behind Bellamy and Kuyt in the striking pecking order at Anfield.

That brings two questions up.

One – why the hell would Villa move to Liverpool? This would be possible only if Pool were prepared to pay him high wages, not to mention a hefty transfer fee. Neither are possible given Liverpool’s current financial situation, so a move for El Guaje seems highly unlikely. Then again, Benitez has already said that they won’t move for Villa in January, so that’s that. Villa reportedly also has a 100 mil buyout clause in his contract.

Two – Crouch is an excellent impact player for Liverpool and works great with the team – why would Benitez sell him? Yes, he has to make space for new recruits but the most likely player to be jettisoned should be Robbie Fowler, and I’m not certain Crouch would grumble at being 4th striker at Liverpool as compared to third striker at Newcastle (behind Martins and Owen), given that he’ll have a shot at playing in the Champions League with Liverpool.

Not happening folks, at least not in January.

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