The Premier League champions spent all month searching for a back-up striker to support Alvaro Morata.

They were often linked with the likes of Andy Carroll, Ashley Barnes, Edin Dzeko and Crouch before they eventually landed Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud for £18million.

However, the first moment Crouch found out was when he saw he was trending on Twitter.

To add to that hilarious situation – and missing out on a move to a Champions League club – the former England international added that Chelsea signed the “the division’s second best looking target man” in Giroud.

“So there I was, sat at home a couple of weeks ago, when my phone started to beep and I heard I was trending on Twitter,” Crouch wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“I didn’t expect to see my name linked with Chelsea but that was the situation. It was all speculation, I suppose. 

“Of course it was nice to get linked with a club of that stature — particularly as they were the club I used to watch when I was a kid — but I didn’t think much more about it.

“There was never any strong interest. I heard Antonio Conte quite likes me as a player but I was only ever concentrating on Stoke.

“I didn’t expect anything to happen and, as it turns out, Chelsea have gone on to make a great signing.  

“I’ve always admired Olivier Giroud. He is France’s No 9, he’s been to the World Cup and the Euros and worn that shirt with distinction. 

“He’s a top striker and maybe he didn’t get as many chances as he deserved at Arsenal.

“I’d go as far as to say they got themselves the division’s second best looking target man!”

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