Crouch to be unveiled tomorrow

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England striker Peter Crouch is set to be unveiled as a Portsmouth player tomorrow.

The Liverpool forward will have a medical at the club in the morning and providing that does not throw up any issues he will sign a contract and be presented to the media at Fratton Park in the afternoon.

Crouch has already agreed personal terms after Pompey and Liverpool agreed a deal which is believed to be in the region of £11million.

The 27-year-old will be joining Portsmouth for the second time, having played for the club in the 2001/02 season before joining Aston Villa.

He scored 19 goals in 39 matches in his first spell at Fratton Park and will now link up with England international Jermain Defoe as manager Harry Redknapp looks to improve on last year's FA Cup triumph and eighth-place finish in Barclays Premier League.

Redknapp will be counting on Crouch's European experience with Liverpool as he plans for the club's first UEFA Cup campaign, secured by that Wembley final victory over Cardiff.

The 6ft 7ins striker had limited first-team opportunities at Liverpool last season, mainly because of the scintillating form of record signing Fernando Torres, but he still managed to score 11 times.

In three years with Liverpool he scored 42 goals in 135 appearances.

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