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Crouch ponders buying out Liverpool contract

Peter Crouch is considering buying out his contract at Liverpool and moving abroad.

The People says Crouch is furious that Kop boss Rafa Benitez has slapped a £15million price tag on his head, despite rarely featuring in his first-team plans.

Now Crouch, 27, is weighing up the option of becoming the first high-profile English player to buy out his own contract - a move which would cost him around £3m.

Under FIFA-adopted EU law, that would mean Crouch becoming a free agent. He would not be able to join another English club, but a foreign club could secure his services for nothing and give him a big wage rise and signing-on fee.

Portsmouth remain front runners to sign Crouch but Aston Villa are also interested along with Spanish club Villarreal.

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