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Striker Crouch completes Tottenham transfer

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  • England striker Peter Crouch has completed his move to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Crouch teams-up again with manager Harry Redknapp for third time in career
  • The 28-year-old becomes the latest high-profile player to leave Portsmouth
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(CNN) -- England striker Peter Crouch has completed his transfer from Portsmouth to English Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, ensuring he teams-up with manager Harry Redknapp for the third time in his career.

Peter Crocuh links up again with manager Harry Redknapp after completing his move to Tottenham.

Peter Crocuh links up again with manager Harry Redknapp after completing his move to Tottenham.

The 28-year-old , who played under Redknapp at both Portsmouth and Southampton, successfully completed his medical on Monday before agreeing personal terms on a deal believed to be worth £9 million ($15m)

Crouch, who looked poised to join Sunderland last week before Tottenham moved in with their bid, began his career with the London club but left without playing a first team match.

"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Portsmouth for the transfer of Peter Crouch to the club, following the player successfully completing a medical examination and agreeing personal terms," said a statement on Tottenham's official Web site.

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Crouch becomes the latest high-profile player to leave 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth, with Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) and Glen Johnson (Liverpool) having all left in big-money deals.

A statement from Portsmouth admitted Crouch's sale had been agreed upon to help the club meet their debt repayment obligations.

"We are sorry to see Peter go both as a player and a person and would like to thank him for playing a key role in keeping the club in the Premier League last season," said a statement on the Portsmouth Web site.

"His sale was necessitated by the club's commitment to repay scheduled debts while we are in the transitional period of completing the takeover. We will now be looking to add fresh faces to the first-team squad as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, Redknapp believes he now has the right blend of strikers at the club after completing the signing of Crouch, who joins Defoe, Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko in a formidable-looking White Hart Lane strike-force next season.

Redknapp, who is in China with Tottenham for the Barclays Asia Trophy which gets under way on Wednesday, is delighted with the options he now has available in attack.

"We now have four top quality strikers as it looks like Darren Bent could move. I believe he is close to doing a deal with Sunderland.

"Crouchy gives us a bit of a different option. We now have four top strikers which is what you need at every club and so I am delighted to have him.

"He is different to almost anyone else in the league in terms of his size and the way he plays the game, so I am pleased to have him. With him, Robbie (Keane) Jermain Defoe and (Roman) Pavlyuchenko we have a good strikeforce."

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