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Peter Crouch confirms Preston and Burnley snub as Didier Drogba claim emerges

Every fanbase will retell stories of how their club missed out on some big-name players, and Preston are no different.

We’ve all heard the tale of how David Moyes wanted to sign Diego Forlan from Independiente just a year before he joined Manchester United.

Gylfi Sigurdsson had a trial with Preston before ending up at Reading, and North End famously missed out on Kevin Keegan in 1971.

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A new story has now emerged, with Jay Motty of Stretford Paddock claiming that Moyes wanted to sign Didier Drogba for Preston when he was emerging in France.

Motty claims to have been working in Lancashire media at the time, and that a Preston scout was off to watch Drogba before North End’s striking crisis abated.

The clip has been rife around Preston Twitter in recent days, and even resulted in one other rumour from the past being explained.

27 Aug 2001: Peter Crouch of Portsmouth rises highest to head clear during the Nationwide Division One match between Grimsby Town and Portsmouth played at Fratton Park in Portsmouth, England. Portsmouth won the match 4 – 2. \ Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt /Allsport

Peter Crouch was a target for Craig Brown in 2002 following Ricardo Fuller’s injury, but it seems that he could have joined even earlier.

The former England internationals claims he spoke to Moyes on the phone back in 2001 when leaving Queens Park Rangers, but rejected both North End and local rivals Burnley.

Crouch picked Portsmouth instead, and went onto become an England international and now BBC personality, with North End no doubt wishing they had landed the beanpole striker as a youngster.

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