England striker Peter Crouch completed his transfer from Liverpool to FA Cup winners Portsmouth . Crouch agreed a four-year contract with Harry Redknapp's side, who are believed to have paid Liverpool a club record 11 million pounds (13.7 million euros) to secure his signature.
The 27-year-old can't wait to link up with Redknapp for the third time in his career, having played under him in his previous spell at Portsmouth in 2001-02 and also at Southampton.
Crouch was unable to hold down a regular place in the Liverpool team during his time at Anfield, so the prospect of being a key player with Portsmouth was a major factor in his move.
"The chance of regular first team football was part of the appeal. I know I'll have to work hard to prove myself in training, but I believe my best years are in front of me," he said.
Redknapp, who will pair his new signing with England team-mate Jermain Defoe in Portsmouth's front line, was surprised he had managed to tempt Crouch from Liverpool and admitted the signing showed how far his club has developed.
Crouch becomes Portsmouth's fifth England international and Redknapp believes Fabio Capello will be a regular visitor to the south-coast next season.
"When you look at our team we have David James, Glen Johnson, Sol Campbell, Peter and Jermain Defoe," he said. "We have five players Fabio wants to keep an eye on this year."