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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".


Peter Crouch disappointed with dropped points

Lightning quick Crouch leaves Ferdinand for dead. Credit: PA

Stoke goalscorer Peter Crouch's frustration was evident after his side twice lost the lead to draw 2-2 with QPR.

"It's a huge disappointment," Crouch told BT Sport.

"I think we should have been leading at half-time and to not win the game... I think we were the better team and derserved to win."

Kranjcar's goal came after Steve Sidwell's needless foul and Crouch was not surprised to see his former Portsmouth team-mate exact full revenge.

"I knew he was a threat and then he goes and does that," he said.

"It was a great free-kick but if you don't go and get the three or four goals, you're always susceptible to that.

"It was a bit of a sucker blow, it's hard to take but if you don't punish teams you're always susceptible to drawing a game."


Stoke to give Assaidi time

Stoke manager Mark Hughes will give winger Oussama Assaidi time to regain full fitness after his deadline day loan move from Liverpool.

Ossie isn't match fit but he's training and working with the group.

We're just easing him in - we'll see how he goes and how he copes with the training.

He's not at the level that the other guys are at but it won't be long until he's there.

We're just getting to know where he's at. We're mindful of the fact that he's had a knee injury and we don't want to compromise him by working him too hard too soon.

We'll give him the work that he needs and then he'll be ready.

– Mark Hughes
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