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Peter Crouch's switch to Tottenham has finally been confirmed after Spurs agreed a deal with Portsmouth on Monday night.

The England striker successfully completed a medical before agreeing personal terms on a deal believed to be worth £9million.

That figure represents a cut-price layout for Spurs after Sunderland agreed a £12million deal with Pompey only last week.

Crouch had travelled up to the north-east and agreed personal terms with the Black Cats but, amid growing interest from Tottenham, as well as Fulham, the 28-year-old pulled out of the deal, telling the club he wanted to remain in the south.

That reinvigorated Spurs' interest and they beat off competition from their west London rivals to secure the services of a player who scored 16 times in all competitions for Pompey last term.

"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," a statement on Tottenham's website read.

Crouch's move to White Hart Lane, where he first signed as a trainee in 1998, will also mean he again teams up with manager Harry Redknapp, who he worked under at both Portsmouth and Southampton.

Redknapp had admitted his desire to sign the player following Spurs' 2-0 Wembley Cup defeat by Celtic.

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

The announcement is also likely to end Spurs' interest in Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after Redknapp had indicated he would sign either rather than both players.

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