- Jan 31, 2007
Peter Crouch is poised to complete his switch from Liverpool to Portsmouth in a deal that could be worth up to £11m.
The two clubs reached an agreement over the weekend and Liverpool confirmed on Monday they had given the 27-year-old permission to talk.
"We have reached a verbal agreement with Portsmouth and have given them permission to speak with Peter," a Liverpool statement said.
Crouch wants to link up with Pompey again six years after leaving.
He will team up with Jermain Defoe in a new-look Portsmouth attack next season.
Liverpool are expected to initially receive in the region of £9m for Crouch, who joined the club from Southampton in July 2005 but only started nine Premier League games last term.
Anfield boss Rafael Benitez initially said he would consider offers for Crouch in the region of £15m but has been forced to scale back his demands for a player with only a year left on his current contract.
Crouch has scored 40 goals in 135 appearances for Liverpool but has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place in recent times.
He was relegated behind Fernando Torres, who scored 33 goals for the Reds after signing from Atletico Madrid last summer.
However, he was a popular figure with Liverpool fans and still managed to net 11 goals as he was mainly used as a substitute by Benitez.
Crouch started his career as a trainee at Tottenham before moves to QPR, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Norwich - where he had a spell on loan - Southampton and Liverpool.