Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is waiting in the wings to snap up Liverpool striker Peter Crouch in January.

Pompey chairman Sacha Gaydamak has made an early show of his spending power ahead of the winter market with news of a new £7 million deal for Redknapp.

And the Daily Star Sunday says the Blues boss intends to offer Crouch an escape from his Anfield exile at the turn of the year.