Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder has confirmed his interest in Liverpool's Peter Crouch.
The England striker looks to be losing his battle with Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy for a starting role as Rafa Benitez edges away from his rotation policy.
Roeder looks set to invest heavily in the January transfer window and a new striker is believed to be on his list of targets.
Crouch has been linked with a possible switch to St James' Park and now Roeder has admitted he is an admirer of the 25-year-old.
"I am an admirer of the way Peter Crouch plays and the fact is that he also scores goals," said Roeder, who is also believed to be keeping tabs on Mark Viduka.
The Middlesbrough striker was the subject of a bid from Newcastle in August and Roeder could look to try and prise him away from Teesside once again.
Roeder was also linked with weekend moves for a host of defenders including former Newcastle stars Jonathan Woodgate and Sylvain Distin, and Fulham's Zat Knight.
However, the Magpies supremo was quick to play down an interest in those three.
"I am not interested in bringing Jonathan Woodgate, Sylvain Distin or Zat Knight to Newcastle United," he told The Evening Chronicle.