"We're close to a point where maybe we have to look at alternatives," Mark Hughes concedes.
Hughes admits Crouch's hat-trick in the victory over Stevenage has given him a selection headache.
Arsenal and Stoke are interested but the defender remains part of Jose Mourinho's plans.
"Fingers crossed, something may happen," says Stoke assistant manager Mark Bowen.
Yaya Toure, Matteo Darmian and Loic Remy among the poor souls.
Negredo gives Boro a dream start to life back in the Premier League but Shaqiri saves Stoke.
Swansea and Crystal Palace won pre-season friendlies. Everton, Hull, Stoke, WBA, Boro and Watford did not.
Van Persie closing on Stoke move, Sissoko to Real Madrid is on, Hector to Liverpool?
Marko Arnautovic has signed a new four-year deal with Stoke. Who do Everton turn to now?
Ten Premier League clubs have entered the EFL Trophy. Each of the teams are here.
The final remnant of Brendan Rodgers' first Liverpool summer is gone. Allen signs for £13m.
Brendan Rodgers' teacher's pet is on his way. Joe Allen will leave Liverpool
"He has two offers from Italy and two from England," reveals Zenit boss Mircea Lucescu.
"There is nothing about this and all the transfer rumours." Might Allen be staying?
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