Redknapp bags himself a bit of a bargain!
Peter Crouch: “I have a mental Image of how I get to White Hart Lane from my trainee days, Just need to shut my eyes and find it!”
Tottenham 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. (BBC Sport)
This news must come as a blow to Pompey supporters who believed their impending takeover was the cue for the cessation of players sales. This month has seen the club lose three of it’s most crucial members with Glen Johnson, Sean Davis and now Crouch leaving the club. It does seem odd that any buy out of the club is pending the sale of top notch stars to resolve bad debt issues, surely this would be better resolved if taken place after the Tycoon Al Fahim takes over, otherwise what would he be left with?
Anyway, Tottenham do very well out of this and I have say I am surprised they got hold of their former trainee so cheaply. Essentially Harry Redknapp has managed to purchase the giant England man for the same price the Fratton Park outfit paid Liverpool a year ago, which a) doesn’t take into account the leaps and strides the player has made in his debut season and b) isn’t indicative of the inflated transfer market.
This will surely spell the end for Darren Bent and Roman Pavyluchenko who are now even further down the White Hart Lane pecking order.