Sunderland refuse to be held to ransom by Tottenham Hotspur over Peter Crouch

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SUNDERLAND are refusing to be held to ransom over their interest in Spurs striker Peter Crouch.

Reports from a number of media outlets last night and this morning claimed that a £10million bid had been lodged by the Black Cats.

However, the club had yet to make any offer for the 30-year-old, who has suddenly become surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane.

Sunderland will bid for Crouch today and chairman Niall Quinn is steeled for the usual hard-as-nails negotiations with opposite number Daniel Levy.

But the Cats are prepared to offer nowhere near the £10-12million figure that Levy is believed to be holding out for before agreeing to let the talismanic forward to leave.

Read full story in today’s Sportmail.