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Hughes won't sell Crouch to QPR

Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be only too happy to tell QPR boss Harry Redknapp to forget about signing striker Peter Crouch should he get a call when the transfer window reopens in January.

Redknapp - who managed Crouch at Portsmouth, twice, at Southampton and also at Tottenham - makes no secret of his admiration for the 33-year-old former England striker.

I think there was an enquiry (from QPR in the summer) and the people asked if he was available and I said no, and that was as far as it went.

Possibly, I would imagine so, yes (there might be another one in January).

– Stoke boss Mark Hughes

Asked if QPR would received the same answer on Crouch's availability, Hughes replied: "Yes".

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Irvine relieved and pleased with welcome win at Tottenham

Alan Irvine
West Brom boss Alan Irvine. Credit: PA

Eyebrows were raised when Alan irvine was named Pepe Mel's successor at West Brom in the summer, with the Baggies' alarming start to the season exacerbating fans' concerns. But a deserved 1-0 win at Tottenham will have afforded Irvine some much-needed breathing room.

"Watching Match of the Day last night, the table didn't look very nice," Irvine said of the pressure on him.

"When you've got a game in hand, it does not necessarily mean you're going to get the points from that game, especially when you are coming to White Hart Lane.

"I suppose I would be lying if I said there wasn't an element of relief, but the over-riding emotion is one of real pleasure for the players, for the club as a whole, everybody involved and, of course, for our fans. I am more pleased than relieved."

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