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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp wants Peter Crouch to add balance to his attack as he closes in on a deal for the Portsmouth striker.

Pompey boss Paul Hart has stated a fee has been agreed with Spurs but Redknapp, who will allow Darren Bent to leave the club, feels there is still work to be done before he is reunited with the 28-year-old.

"They want to sell him, it's common knowledge they need to sell him," said Redknapp after Sunday's 2-0 Wembley Cup defeat by Celtic. "I don't think they're crazy demands - it's a fair deal and his wages are fine.

"He's different. He holds the ball up. Celtic held the ball up well but we don't do that well enough.

"He gives you an option and he's played for me a few times before. He's always done a job and he's great on set-plays at both ends."

Redknapp believes he can sign either Crouch or Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, rather than both, with Bent looking to leave. It means the defeat by Celtic, when he missed three opportunities, could be Bent's last for the club.

"Darren is looking to go but it's up to people to make the offer that we want," Redknapp added.

"Nobody misses chances deliberately. He tucked some great chances away in pre-season and he will always score goals. He's a good player but I just want some balance and Crouchy would give us something different."

Celtic exposed Redknapp's problems at the back when Chris Killen and Georgios Samaras scored in the first half, with Tony Mowbray's men winning the pre-season tournament.

"I started with Dorian Dervite and Pascal Chimbonda at centre-back and, no disrespect, but they are not going to start the season there," Redknapp said.

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Tottenham Hotspur
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Peter Crouch
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