Crouch completes Stoke switch

Image: Crouch: Has a hefty price tag to live up to

Stoke have splashed out a club record £10million to sign England international Peter Crouch from Tottenham.

Potters spend big on England international

Stoke have splashed out a club record £10million to sign England international Peter Crouch from Tottenham. The 30-year-old striker has penned a four-year contract with the Potters, on the same day that Wilson Palacios and Cameron Jerome also completed moves to the Britannia Stadium. The agreement to take Crouch to Stoke includes a possible £2million in add-ons, meaning it could end up costing Tony Pulis £12million. The Potters will have no complaints about the fee if the much-travelled forward delivers on the pitch, and they believe they have pulled off quite a coup. Chief executive Tony Scholes told the club's official website: "These fantastic deals are a statement of this football club's intent. "The club has made incredible strides forward over the past five years and to attract players of this calibre shows our ambitions as we look to continue that progress this season and beyond that."

Excitement

Pulis added: "There has been a real buzz of excitement around the city about where the club is going since we reached the FA Cup final and then started our Europa League adventure. These signings certainly add to that great sense of anticipation. "We now have good options in midfield and up front with these captures, added to the experienced additions we also made at the back by bringing in two England defenders in Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson earlier in the transfer window. "Peter has an excellent goalscoring record at the highest level. His goals-per-games ratio for England is remarkable and he scored seven goals in 10 Champions League games for Tottenham last season which gives you an idea of his pedigree."

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