QPR edged a step closer to capturing Peter Crouch last night for a knockdown £1million after the striker is understood to have turned down a megabucks move to play in Turkey.

Not least of the reasons the Hoops fan will disappoint top side Trabzonspor is a desire to make a decent job of TV chat show due to launch later in the year.

The former England forward, born and bred in Ealing, could end up less than a mile from Rangers new training ground when he hosts Peter Crouch on the Crouch at the Sky studios in Isleworth.

The 32-year-old nearly made it to Loftus Road in January, but then manager at Stoke, Tony Pulis, vetoed the move when he failed to find cover for the 6ft 7ins forward.

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is particularly keen to link up for the third time with Crouch so he can lessen the load on the vulnerable hip of Bobby Zamora .

The former Fulham man has vetoed an operation that would keep him out for several months opting to manage the problem with a new fitness regime, although a minimum 46-game season has boss Redknapp hoping Zamora will share duties with Crouch.