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The Spurs striker is relishing the prospect of linking up once more with his old Pompey and England sparring partner...

Tottenham Hotspur triumphed over London rivals West Ham United today in Beijing, winning 1-0 to progress to the final of the Asia Trophy, where they will play Hull City.

Jermain Defoe struck the winning goal for the Lilywhites, and the England striker was also delighted to soon be playing alongside Peter Crouch, the centre-forward who signed from Portsmouth this week in a deal reportedly worth £9 million.

"He sent me a little text and I think he was delighted," Defoe revealed to Sky Sports News. "All the boys are delighted. He's a world class player and he's only going to help the team.

"We're looking forward to playing with him."

Defoe also felt that having previously combined well with Crouch at Pompey and at international level would be a good thing for Spurs, though he also felt that the competition for places, with Roman Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Keane at the club, would also provide the squad with a positive boost.

"Yeah, but obviously there's Pav [Roman Pavlyuchenko] and Robbie [Keane] as well," he added. "We're fighting for places, but it's fantastic."

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