Peter Crouch Signs For Stoke In Record Breaking Deal, As £485m Changes Hands In Premier League
Stoke City broke their transfer record with a successful £10m bid for Peter Crouch, as an estimated £485m changed hands in the Premier League on a busy last day of the football transfer window.
Crouch, who has struggled to make first team appearances for Spurs recently, said that the presence of his former teammate Jonathan Woodgate at Stoke influenced his decision.
"Woody was on the phone every hour trying to persuade me to come here," the England striker said after had completed the signing.
The initial deal is £10m, but it could rise to £12m. Stoke also brought in Wilson Palacios from Spurs and and Cameron Jerome Birmingham.
The club's manager Tony Pulis said there was a "real buzz of excitement around the city" about where Stoke was headed.
It was a busy few hours on Wednesday night as Premier League clubs made several last-minute deals to secure or release players.
Business analysts Deloitte said England's top-flight clubs spent £485m over the course of the summer transfer window, up 33 per cent on last year.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, known for making last minute signings, completed the acquisition of West Ham United's England midfielder Scott Parker for an estimated £5m. In return Rednapp also sent David Bentley the other way.
Spurs also let Jermaine Jenas and Alan Hutton go to Aston Villa.
Arsenal meanwhile made a last minute £10m swoop for Everton's midfielder Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard's arrival may go someway to calming to nerves of Arsenal fans who have seen two of their star players, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, leave.
Arsene Wenger has also secured the services of Brazilian defender André Santos from Fenerbahce for £6.2m and Werder Bremen's midfielder Per Mertesacker for £7.6m.
Wenger said Santos, who has played for Brazil 22 times, would also provide useful Champions League experience.
“Santos is a quality player, with the ability to both defend well and get forward and help with attacks. He has experience in the Champions League and for Brazil and has proven he can deliver at the highest level," he said.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Liverpool offloaded several players including a loan of Joe Cole to Lille and the sale of David Ngog to Bolton for around £4m.
And Chelsea have taken Raul Meireles from Anfield for £12m. The West London club's new manager André Villas-Boas also loaned out Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun to Arsenal for a season.
Manchester City added to their growing squad by acquiring Owen Hargreaves from rivals Manchester United. The England midfielder has been beset by injury problems and has barely played in two years. He was released by Man U at the end of last season.