Crouch has signed a four-year deal with the Potters after struggling for first-team opportunities at Spurs, and the 6ft 7in forward completed a busy day for Tony Pulis's team on transfer deadline day, with Wilson Palacios and Cameron Jerome also signing from Spurs and Birmingham respectively.
The Crouch deal could rise to £12m 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 three transfers. "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."
Fulham have beaten off Newcastle to complete the signing of the FC Twente striker Bryan Ruiz for a fee believed to be £10.6m. The 26-year-old has attracted interest from across Europe, with Benfica, Spurs, Valencia and Villarreal all reportedly interested.
Ruiz has signed a four-year deal at Craven Cottage after rejecting a last-ditch offer from Newcastle. Martin Jol, the Fulham manager, has also added the Porto forward Orlando Sa to his attack on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Jol has strengthened his defence too by signing Zdenek Grygera from Juventus on a one-year deal.
Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of Manchester City's former England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. The 29-year-old becomes the fourth major signing of the Tony Fernandes era, following Joey Barton, Luke Young and Armand Traoré. The transfer brings an end to Wright-Phillips's second spell at City and he admits Rangers' ambition helped sway him. "After speaking to the manager and hearing the direction this club are going in, I wanted to help that happen," he said. QPR also signed the 26-year-old Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand. Ferdinand, the younger brother of the Manchester United centre-back Rio, moved to the north-east for a reported fee of £8m three years ago from West Ham, but has joined Rangers for a fee believed to be only £2m.
Owen Hargeaves has signed a one-year contract at Manchester City after an extensive medical. The 30-year-old has barely played since the start of the 2008-09 season because of problems with his knees. Before that Hargreaves had been an England regular, winning 42 caps. He also won the European Cup with Manchester United in 2008.
Everton have signed the midfielder Royston Drenthe from Real Madrid on a season-long loan as a last-minute replacement for Mikel Arteta. The striker Denis Stracqualursi has also joined on loan from the Argentinian side Tigres, with Jermaine Beckford leaving Goodison Park to join Leicester City for a performance-related £4m.
Blackburn Rovers have signed the centre-back Scott Dann from Birmingham City on a four-year contract. The fee is believed to be around £7.7m. The 24-year-old had been linked with a number of clubs following Birmingham's relegation from the Premier League. Dann joined Birmingham from Coventry in June 2009 but was hampered by a hamstring injury last season. Rovers have also signed Ayegbeni Yakubu from Everton for a fee of around £1.5m.
David Ngog has completed his transfer to Bolton Wanderers from Liverpool. The French striker moved to Anfield from Paris St Germain in July 2008 and went on to make 94 appearances, scoring 19 goals. Chelsea's Gael Kakuta has joined Bolton on loan until 1 January.
The Scotland forward Shaun Maloney has joined Wigan Athletic from Celtic for around £1m. Maloney had a season with Aston Villa in 2007-08. Wigan have also signed the Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt on a season's loan.
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