Crouch: I’ve come home

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Peter Crouch has described his return to Tottenham Hotspur as ‘coming home’.

The big striker completed his switch from Portsmouth yesterday for a fee said to be in the region of £9million.

Fulham and Sunderland were both interested in the 28-year-old, but he admits his mind was made up as soon as Spurs made their approach and penned a five-year deal.

Crouch told the official Spurs site: “I’m really pleased. I had a couple of options but when Spurs came in I just felt that it’s a massive club and it will be like coming home,”

“The football club speaks for itself. Since Harry Redknapp came in he’s certainly got the club moving forward towards where it should be.

“When a club like Spurs comes in for you, it’s very hard to turn them down. Spurs was always going to be my number one choice and I’m pleased it’s all come off.”

He added: “I was only a young kid when I was here before and a long way from the player I am now.

“I think Ledley is the only player still here from when I was here before. I’m looking forward to seeing him again because I’ve always kept in touch with him all those years.

“I remember watching the likes of Ginola, Anderton, Sheringham and Ferdinand every week on the terraces with Ledley and it’s great to finally be getting the chance to play for this Club.

“Now I bring with me the experience of having played in the Champions League and at a World Cup for England.

“From my point of view, it’s not just about coming back, it’s about joining a massive football club which has no limit to where it can go.”

“My goal now is to push on, win things and get us into Europe – hopefully being a part of taking Spurs to where they should be.

“If I can be a part of that and score goals, I’m sure I can also cement my place in the England World Cup squad for next summer.

“However, there is competition for places with some fantastic strikers at the club, and that’s going to be healthy for the team. I’m under no illusions – I will have to fight for my place here.

“But playing with the fantastic squad of players we have here every week will only help me, and I think these five years can be the best of my career.”

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