The Hammers are set to move for a new forward after learning that Andy Carroll will miss the opening months of the campaign through injury, despite swooping for World Cup sensation Enner Valencia.
Eto’o was dubbed their top target following his release from Chelsea, but the Cameroonian free agent’s £120,000-per-week wage demands scuppered any potential deal.
Sam Allardyce remains desperate to get more firepower on board after the problems of last season, and Crouch has emerged as a target.
The 33-year-old former England international looks to be surplus to requirements at the Britannia Stadium following recent arrivals, which has alerted ‘Big Sam’.
The beanpole striker is seen as a good option, with his giant frame useful, while his technical abilities have also been praised in the past.
The former Liverpool, Tottenham and Portsmouth man is valued at around £1m by Stoke, and could be tempted by a return to London.
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