Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis wants to raid former club Stoke for Peter Crouch and Matthew Etherington.

The Eagles chief is desperate to strengthen his squad next month as he attempts to fight off the threat of instant relegation back into the Championship.

And Pulis has earmarked Crouch and Etherington as two transfer targets ahead of the January transfer window that opens on Wednesday.

Pulis knows all about the duo having signed both players for the Potters for a combined fee of £12million.

Strikers Cameron Jerome and Marouane Chamakh have found the net since Pulis' arrival at Selhurst Park, nevertheless the 55-year-old has made a new centre-forward a priority in the forthcoming transfer window.

Crouch has featured regularly for Mark Hughes this season, and the Stoke boss may be reluctant to allow the 6ft 7ins front-man leave the Britannia Stadium next month.

Etherington, however, has not featured since the 3-3 draw at Swansea on November 10 and could be easier to obtain.