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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Talented Crouch joins Tottenham

LONDON (AP) Peter Crouch signed with Tottenham on Monday to renew his strike partnership with Jermain Defoe and link up with manager Harry Redknapp from their time at Portsmouth.

Pompey had to sell the 28-year-old Crouch to meet debt repayments and allow a Middle Eastern businessman to complete his takeover of the Premier League club.

Spurs will pay a reported £9 million ($14.8 million), £3 million less than Sunderland was offering until Crouch backed out of the deal because he didn't want to move to the Northeast of England. The length of the Spurs deal wasn't announced.

Unless Spurs can sell Darren Bent, Crouch's arrival is likely to end the pursuit of Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Redknapp has previously said he could only afford to sign one of the two players.

The 201-cm Crouch was previously at Spurs but failed to make the first team and left in 2000. He has also played at Queens Park Rangers, Aston Villa, Norwich, Southampton and Liverpool.

Crouch scored 16 goals in his one season at Pompey — the same number he has scored for England since making his debut in 2005. By reuniting with the diminutive Defoe, the pair could boost their chances of playing key roles for England at the 2010 World Cup.

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