There had been talk of a possible swap deal involving Steven Pienarr, but Everton made it clear on Tuesday they were not interested in allowing the South African midfielder to move on despite the fact he is in the last year of his contract.
That leaves any move for Crouch down to just a cash deal and with financial restraints hindering David Moyes in the transfer market he is unwilling or unable, or both, to consider paying £10m for Crouch.
Samuel Umtiti believes he demonstrated his love for Barcelona in his celebration of their second goal in Wednesday's 4-1 win over Roma.
Lloyd Sam could make his AFC Wimbledon debut in Saturday's home League One clash with Scunthorpe.
Javier Hernandez says he 'cannot guarantee anything' when it comes to his West Ham United future.