Crouch agrees terms with Pompey

Liverpool forward Peter Crouch is on the verge of completing an £11 million switch to Portsmouth after agreeing personal terms with Harry Redknapp's side. Pompey expect to seal the deal by the end of this week, once the England international's medical results are confirmed.

Crouch has already had one spell at Portsmouth, having joined them from Queens Park Rangers in 2001. He left Fratton Park for Aston Villa the following year.

Crouch's departure will free up funds for Liverpool to move for Valencia goal-getter David Villa and Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry. But Reds manager Rafa Benitez admitted he was sorry the towering 27-year-old was leaving Anfield.

"He is a good professional and a nice person, and we would have wanted him to stay. We offered him a new contract," said the Spaniard. "But sometimes you have to understand the player. He wanted to play a lot more, and with Fernando Torres now first choice, that was always going to be difficult.

"I can understand Peter's situation. But he did very well for this club and we always supported him when people doubted the decision to bring him to Anfield."