Former Pompey teammates Peter Crouch
and Jermain Defoe look set to be re-united at Spurs
However Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez will let Crouch
leave Anfield this summer and it will be for Crouch
to decide whether a move back to the south coast is the best available option for his career.
Reports suggest that Pompey and Liverpool have agreed a fee for Crouch
and that the England forward will sign a four-year deal at Fratton Park.
, 27, is weighing up the option of becoming the first high-profile English player to buy out his own contract - a move which would cost him around pounds 3m.
There have even been suggestions that, despite calling up Tottenham's Darren Bent as an extra forward, McClaren may choose to deploy Crouch
ahead of a mid-field five.
Liverpool sources have denied reports that Villa had tabled a pounds 15 million bid for Crouch
on deadline day last week.
England striker Crouch
went to see the Spaniard after he was omitted from the Liverpool squad for their opening game of the season at Aston Villa.
was starting alongside Michael Owen today as England's World Cup campaign got under way against Paraguay in Frankfurt.
The dedication was arranged so that Crouch
, a multiple Grammy winner who gave up touring nine years ago to take over a Pacoima church, could attend.
, who at 6ft 7in is hard to miss, was believed to have spent the day in talks with Paul Sturrock's Southampton after an unnamed Premiership side agreed a fee of about pounds 1.
There are times when I've found him remarkable and responsible," says Stanley Crouch
has been for too long an arrant intellectual bully-boy on the black side and a shameless sycophant and poseur on the other.
Prompted by the company's continued growth, Crouch
Engineering has promoted Jay H.
was the life and soul of the Stoke Xmas party - crouching to do a line dance with team-mates.
may have silenced the England boo-boys - although being jeered by the cretins who support the Three Lions should be regarded as a mark of honour - yet he still does not receive the recognition his talent deserves.