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Defoe and Bellamy on Spurs radar


Redknapp rubbishes triple transfer talk

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has said he would be interested in signing either Jermain Defoe or Craig Bellamy in January but for the right price.

However, the 61-year-old dismissed reports he was set to make a 30m triple swoop for Portsmouth trio Defoe, Peter Crouch and Glen Johnson.

Redknapp, who left Portsmouth earlier this season, has already had a 6m bid turned down by West Ham for Bellamy.

He told BBC Sport: "If they don't want to sell, there's nothing we can do."

It was thought Tottenham had ended their interest in buying back striker Defoe after Redknapp revealed last week that the south coast club had received a "massive offer" for the England striker.

Redknapp brought Defoe to Pompey 11 months ago and has been heavily linked with a move for the 26-year-old since taking over at White Hart Lane.

Manchester City and Aston Villa are also understood to be interested in signing the England forward.


"If the price is right and if Tony Adams [Portsmouth manager] and Peter Storrie [Portsmouth chief executive] want to sell him and it's what we consider at our valuation and theirs, then fine," said Redknapp on Wednesday.

"There are other options as well, I have a little list and if we don't get one we can move to another.

"[But] I don't think we'll be splashing vast amounts, the chairman asked who I'd want if we could get them. If we can end up with a couple then great."

Redknapp is especially keen to bolster his squad's forward strength during the transfer window as he only has Darren Bent, Manchester United loanee Fraizer Campbell and Roman Pavlyuchenko, who is cup-tied in Europe.

"Bent and Pavlyuchenko were 30m and that is a lot of money to spend on two strikers and then say they can't play together," added Redknapp.

"I'm left with that problem and whether they can, I don't know."

The Spurs manager also revealed he was interested in signing Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing.

"I like Downing but I don't know whether Middlesbrough want to sell him," Redknapp said.

"If could find a wide-left player I would like to get one. That and a frontman would be the priority."

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see also
Redknapp delight at Defoe capture
01 Feb 08 |  Portsmouth
Defoe 'ineligible' to face Spurs
20 Mar 08 |  Portsmouth
Defoe deal permanent, say Pompey
05 Feb 08 |  Portsmouth
Tottenham unsure of Bellamy deal
26 Dec 08 |  Tottenham

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