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T*tt*nh*m complete Crouch signing

T*tt*nh*m have agreed a deal with Portsmouth to sign striker Peter Crouch for an undisclosed fee.

The 28-year-old England international has agreed personal terms and passed a medical at White Hart Lane.

A statement on the Portsmouth website has indicated that Crouch's sale was dictated by financial issues affecting the south coast side.

Crouch, who opted against joining Sunderland, returns to the club where he began his career as a trainee.

The fee for Crouch is believed to be in the region of £10m and the contract reported to be for five years and worth £70,000 a week.

Crouch scored 16 goals in all competitions for Portsmouth last season and, in a club statement, Pompey acknowledged the need to cash in on their star striker.

"His sale was necessitated by the club's commitment to repay scheduled debts while we are in a transitional period of completing the takeover," said a spokesman on the club's website.

Pompey announced on 21 July they have agreed in principle to a takeover by United Arab Emirates tycoon Sulaiman Al Fahim, after the 32-year-old passed the Premier League's fit and proper person test.

The statement also says that the club will now look to "add fresh faces to the first-team squad as soon as possible."

BBC Sport understands that Crouch's arrival is likely to clear the way for the departure from Spurs of striker Darren Bent, who was scheduled to join the rest of the squad on the plane for their pre-season tour to China but was a late withdrawal from the trip.

Bent has been a target of Sunderland, where Crouch rejected a £12m move last week after indicating a desire to remain in the south of England.

T*tt*nh*m will be the third club at which Crouch has played under manager Harry Redknapp, after spells with the 62-year-old at Southampton and Portsmouth in the past.

He will also link up with his former Pompey strike partner Jermain Defoe.

Crouch originally left Sp*rs in July 2000 to join Queens Park Rangers before moving to Portsmouth for his first spell at Fratton Park in 2001.

He has subsequently played for Aston Villa, Norwich (on loan), Southampton and Liverpool before re-joining Portsmouth in July 2008.

The 6ft 7in striker has played 34 times for England, scoring 16 goals.

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How Daniel Levy keeps his job is amazing. Spurs are now gonna sell Darren Bent, the man they bought for 17m pounds a couple of years ago, probably for peanuts. No word if the ones they get in exchange for David Bentley are going to be salted or honey roasted.

To think what Arsene Wenger has achieved while spending next to no money is amazing, but its friggin messianic when you compare it to what Spuds have done with untold millions

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How Daniel Levy keeps his job is amazing. Spurs are now gonna sell Darren Bent, the man they bought for 17m pounds a couple of years ago, probably for peanuts. No word if the ones they get in exchange for David Bentley are going to be salted or honey roasted.

To think what Arsene Wenger has achieved while spending next to no money is amazing, but its friggin messianic when you compare it to what Spuds have done with untold millions

Wenger signs his own players though!!

Spurs have been through a spell with directors of football signing players the managers didn't want, managers inheriting players they didn't want, then a director of football signing players the new manager doesn't want!!! Madness!!!

But - they'll get more of a return on Bent than we will on Sheva!

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Wenger signs his own players though!!

And that's exactly why he's got the North London International Kindergarten as his squad. He is allowed to do whatever he wants and its seems he's started to believe what is being written about him and his use of youngsters...

...and I'm not talking about the jibes about paedophilia here.

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Yep, people seem to forget that when Arsenal actually won things, they did so with a mix of youth and experience, pretty much like any other team does.

Vieira, Petit, Overmars, Henry etc weren't exactly ruddy cheeked 18 year olds when they had their glory years.

Since he's pushed the vanity project too far and refused to buckle, it's all gone a bit quiet at Cashburden.

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