sport news Peter Crouch is back in the Premier League... Sportsmail recounts his journey ...

Peter Crouch has made a welcome return to the Premier League after Burnley signed the striker from Stoke in the final days of the transfer window.

The 38-year-old has joined until the end of the season as part of the deal that sees Sam Vokes move the other way.

Crouch has played in the Premier League with six different clubs (he has played for eight in total) and arrives at Turf Moor with 108 goals in 462 appearances in England's elite league. Sportsmail charts the journey of his career...

Peter Crouch is back in the Premier League after joining Burnley from Stoke 

Peter Crouch is back in the Premier League after joining Burnley from Stoke 

TOTTENHAM 1998-2000

Crouch came through the ranks at White Hart Lane but never made a senior appearance as a youngster. Two loan spells, at Dulwich Hamlet and IFK Hasselholm in Sweden, aided his development and in 2000, he headed from north London to west for first team football.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS 2000-01

The Hoops bought Crouch for £60,000 and he hit the ground running at Loftus Road with 14 goals in all competitions. It wasn't enough, however, to keep them in Division One and relegation meant QPR had to sell to balance their books.

Crouch flourished at Queens Park Rangers but relegation meant the club had to sell him

Crouch flourished at Queens Park Rangers but relegation meant the club had to sell him

PORTSMOUTH 2001-02

Graham Rix's Portsmouth swooped, splashing out £1.5m and immediately reaped the rewards. He fired 19 goals in Division One and caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs. Aston Villa won the race to buy him the following March.

ASTON VILLA 2002-04

Crouch arrived at Villa Park for a £5m fee and scored two goals in seven games for the remainder of the season, including on his home debut against Newcastle. But the following season, he struggled to hold down a place. 

He went on loan to Norwich for three months in 2003 and enjoyed better form towards the end of the season back in the Premier League with Villa but it was clear his future was away from the midlands.

Crouch made his Premier League bow with Aston Villa but chances were  limited 

Crouch made his Premier League bow with Aston Villa but chances were  limited 

SOUTHAMPTON 2004-05

Crouch found himself behind James Beattie and Kevin Phillips at St Mary's but Harry Redknapp's arrival in January, coinciding with Beattie's move to Everton, saw him become a regular.

He thrived, scoring 16 goals in 33 games and winning his first England call-up. Southampton were relegated, meaning yet another move was on the cards for the striker... to the Champions League winners.

Crouch enjoyed fantastic form at Southampton, scoring 16 goals in 33 appearances 

Crouch enjoyed fantastic form at Southampton, scoring 16 goals in 33 appearances 

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