Star striker Darren Bent moved to Aston Villa in January in a deal that could be worth up to £24 million. Bruce failed to replace Bent and Sunderland struggled for form toward the end of the season and eventually finished in 10th place. Loan signing Danny Welbeck has returned to Manchester United whilst Frazier Campbell continues to recover from a long-term knee injury.
Crouch nearly moved to the Stadium of Light from Portsmouth two years ago but chose instead to be reunited with former manager Harry Redknapp at Spurs. The 6ft 7in target man would fetch around £10 million if he was to move on and play for the 10th club of his professional career.
The 30-year old had an inconsistent season despite scoring 12 goals in all competitions and Redknapp is considering cashing-in on the England forward as he looks to overhaul his attacking options.
Bruce does have cash to spend, particularly if the sale of Jordan Henderson to Liverpool is completed. The Black Cats have also been linked with moves for Crouch’s Spurs teammate Roman Pavlyuchenko and Manchester United pair Wes Brown and Darron Gibson.