Stoke have spent a club record £10million to bring in England striker Peter Crouch from Tottenham.
Crouch has signed a four-year deal with the Potters after struggling for first-team opportunities at Spurs of late, and the 6ft 7in forward completed a busy day for Tony Pulis’ team on transfer deadline day, with Wilson Palacios and Cameron Jerome also signing from Spurs and Birmingham respectively.
The Crouch deal could even rise to £12million dependent on the fulfilment of various clauses.
“These fantastic deals are a statement of this football club’s intent,” said City’s chief executive Tony Scholes after completing the triple transfer swoop.
“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.”
Pulis added: “There has been a real buzz of excitement around the city about where this 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 add to the experienced additions we also made at the back by bringing in two England defenders 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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