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Last Updated: Monday, 30 June, 2003, 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK
Sheringham signs for Pompey
Sheringham has signed a one-year deal at Fratton Park
Teddy Sheringham has completed his free transfer move to Portsmouth - and was instantly backed to make a Premiership impact.

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp moved in to finalise the move after Sheringham returned from holiday, having already agreed terms.

Sheringham has signed a one-year playing contract, insisting a coaching role had not been discussed

And he admitted the prospect of linking up with Redknapp was a major factor in his decision to move to Fratton Park.

The 37-year-old former England striker said: "The lure of the Premiership is still there, so when Harry came calling I didn't need much persuasion to come here.

What can Teddy bring to us? Class - absolute class
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp

"I'm looking to enjoy my football like I have at every other club. I'm hoping to stay fit and if I do who knows what we can achieve?

"Nothing has been said about a coaching role - I'm here just to play and I am very happy with that. I'm happy to be here.

"I needed to play for a manager I could communicate with, and both Harry and his assistant Jim Smith fall into that category."

Redknapp said: "What can Teddy bring to us? Class - absolute class on and off the pitch.

"Everybody knows about Teddy and his career. He's a top, top player and a fantastic professional. He can still do it in the Premiership.

Millwall: 1984-1991
262 games, 111 goals
Aldershot (loan): 1985
6 games, 0 goals
N Forest: 1991-1992
62 games, 23 goals
Tottenham: 1992-1997
202 games, 104 goals
Man Utd: 1997-2001
156 games, 47 goals
Tottenham: 2001-2003
80 games, 26 goals

"I need people I know can perform in the Premiership and he can do that no problem.

"I saw him playing for Spurs last season and he is still class. Teddy had plenty of people interested in him, so I'm delighted he's coming here."

Pompey boss Redknapp may now turn his attention to Chelsea's out-of-contract midfield man Jody Morris after signing Sheringham.

Sheringham's arrival will not mean the end of Paul Merson's Portsmouth career - and the veteran pair could soon be joined by Chelsea's Morris.

Redknapp told BBC Sport: "Merse has got another year on his contract. He did brilliantly for us last season and we are still going to need him.

"Jody Morris is also an option for us and that is a possibility that we are still kicking around."

Charlton Athletic were also interested, but Sheringham has chosen to join Redknapp's Premiership newcomers.

Sheringham joined Spurs for a second spell in 2001 after a four-year stay at Manchester United, during which time he won the Champions League.

The striker's career began at Millwall before he moved on to Nottingham Forest and then Tottenham.

He has won 51 England caps, the last of which was a substitute appearance in the World Cup quarter-final defeat by Brazil in Japan last summer.

Teddy Sheringham
"I still feel I've got something to offer in the Premiership"



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