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'Arry admits an interest in Crouch

Okay its not really a secret that Harry Redknapp is a fan of Peter Crouch's, we have known this for some time, but he has admitted - in The Mirror - an interest in bringing the striker back to Pompey if he can: 'You will always be interested in someone like him. He is a great player and can be unplayable at times. He is a great lad and great to work with.

'He was fantastic in that year he had at Portsmouth. The club owe him a massive debt for what he did.

'We bought him for 1m and sold him for 5m. He scored 19 goals and without those goals they would probably have gone down.

'He kept the club going and for me he has been one of the main players for the last six or seven years'.

I will admit I was unsure when we first signed him but Crouch was fantastic for Pompey in the season - which was not even a full one! - he had with us in 2001/02, being voted player of the year despite having already been sold to Villa.

I know he is not to everyone's liking, but when we had him I always rated the fella and was impressed with his skills, as we all know now for such a big man he has a great touch, its just a shame that his heading - at goal anyway - is still as poor now as it was then.

Those that have been a part of this site for some time will know that I have had this feeling that Jermaine Defoe could be the striker we sign, which depending on how much he plays for Spurs between now and January could still be he case, but I have also admitted a liking for Crouchy so I would not be against this at all, nor would I bet against this happening.

Liverpool might look to 'cash in' but we would need to pay upwards of 10m to bring him back, which might be the problem, but to be honest I would welcome him back - what about you?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 21 2007

Time: 10:01AM

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I'm not surprised, I expected us to sign Crouch in the summer transfer window, I've had a sneaky feeling he would be on his way here for some time. And I think he'd be a good signing for us. As well as the issue of his height, which would mean he would fit in well physically with the rest of the squad. After all Defoe would get mistaken for one of the mascots!
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21/11/2007 10:10:00

then kanu might try picking defoe up in a goal celebration like he did that ball boy at west brom a few years ago... yep i would welcome crouchy back here, tlaking of kanu hes the english version of him - altho nowhere near as lazy!
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21/11/2007 10:21:00

It would be money well spent.
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21/11/2007 12:07:00

welcome back Crouch. its a different club from the time when you left.
The Rabbi
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21/11/2007 12:16:00

We need him more than you! Cracking player, i think there will be a bit of a bidding war for him.
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21/11/2007 12:57:00

True quote I read earlier today: An interviewer asked Peter Crouch "What would you be if you weren't a footballer?" And Crouch answered "A virgin." I like his honesty!
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21/11/2007 13:56:00

He'd be terrific if we could get him. Not at all sold on Defoe anymore. Attitude is everything and Crouch's seems beyond reproach.
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21/11/2007 14:45:00

defoe would be a terrible purchase for pompey. he has never fulfilled what potential he has. Where as Crouch has shown himself to be a huge success at international level. he also knows what a great club from his time with us before. i saw him score in an away defeat at Rotherham back in about 2001 and would have offered very large odds that night that a) he would ever be sold for 5m b) he would ever help relegate S C U M c) he would be sold for 7m d) he would play for England e) he would score for England f) he would would score regularly for england g) he would play in a Champions league final
The Rabbi
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21/11/2007 16:04:00

Crouch ten million are you mad!!
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21/11/2007 16:59:00

i honesly dont rate the fella. he apears to be a less talented version of kanu - just as lazy but without the ability to do crazy, special things. Defoe has never impressed me either, he is selfish, a good finisher, but not much else, and he fancies himself too much. Lita would be nice, reunite hime with hos old strike partner - but other than that, i cant think of many people i would like to have that are english.
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21/11/2007 17:24:00

10 million!!!!!!!!! blimey, i like the guy, but.... HOW MUCH?
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21/11/2007 17:57:00

no matter which forward we get we are going to have to play up to 10m for him arent we? weve paid 7m or thereabouts for muntari and utaka, we will not pick up an established striker - and international striker at that - for anything less... hence we will probably need to pay as much as 10m...
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21/11/2007 18:06:00

Ten million is a lot of money for Crouch, and i would think that the chairman would demand some sort of return if we shelved that out for him. Lita would be a cheaper choice and is younger, and with Nugent could well be the future for us.
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21/11/2007 19:07:00

Crouch at 10 million no way, english players are too costly these days (Bent), I hope 'arry goes for elsewhere, also i think its more vital to grab a right midfielder, since Utaka can be moved up to fill the gap in attack, if there even is one
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21/11/2007 20:28:00

I'd welcome him back, in our current team he would get double figures no problem
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21/11/2007 21:56:00

great goal today...
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21/11/2007 22:03:00

A well taken goal today won't harm his value....I reckon he'd be a good signing, but the price being touted around is a tad high.
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21/11/2007 22:42:00

showed tonight - probably the only plus point - why i think he would be a fantastic signing and well worth bringing back... we will have to pay at least 7m for him tho, we will never get him for anything below this, but also think we would have to break our transfer record to sign him again, i do like the lita shoot tho as he is a fantastic prospect.
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21/11/2007 23:54:00

Would like him back. 10mill, ouch, but that is what it's gonna take! In todays climate he is worth that.
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22/11/2007 00:06:00

i tend to agree mate, 10m is lot, but for an international striker - and despite claims that he isnt that quality he is - this is what we will have to pay... compare him to other names we have been linked with and think what we will have to pay for them? most will be in or around the 10m bracket...
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22/11/2007 00:10:00

What's interesting is that we are prepared to spend 10m on any player if he is the right man & what the club think is the right price.
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22/11/2007 13:01:00

I don't get the Crouch arguement .... 10 million for a 7ft (or whatever he is) forward who can't head the ball - His height costs money just he's not that good with his head..... No thanks I'd take a Defoe any day of the week ... we could get him chea and 'arry could work his magic and turn him into a Pompey Legend... Crouch + Journeyman he'd be off in a couple of years...... anyway do we really want a player who openly admitted he had a better time at Scum ...
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