Crouch capture a win for Burnley
Burnley technical director Mike Rigg says bringing in Peter Crouch in January was "a very simple win, win" for the club.
Crouch, 38, joined the Clarets on a free transfer from Championship side Stoke, while Sam Vokes moved in the opposite direction for £7million.
Rigg says the funds raised from Vokes' sale will be used to strengthen the squad in the summer window and he feels Crouch's influence at Turf Moor extends beyond the pitch.
"The Sam Vokes and Peter Crouch deal was a very simple win, win," he told the Lancashire Telegraph. "Bringing in someone like Peter with the affect that he has, and I am sure Sean (Dyche) has said this, but it is not just what he impacts coming on and getting a penalty against Southampton, it is his influence and his levels of professionalism to the kids in the academy and the people around the place. It is very difficult to measure that. Having someone of his calibre at Burnley is a really positive thing."
He added: "In terms of financially being able to reinvest what Sam Vokes has contributed to this club, which has been incredible, and we have finances towards the window in the summer, then you can regard it [the January window] as a success."
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