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Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Which Portsmouth Players Will Go to Spurs?

Harry Rednapp is making a swift return to Portsmouth to pick up the Freedom of the City honour. Pompey fans are more interested in what he might be coming back for in January when the transfer window opens.

Even more than most sides, the Pompey team is 'the team that Harry built'. Many are there because of his presence, so who might be going to Spurs and who are the most likely targets?

Lassana Diarra - move rating 9/10

Spurs need a combative presence in their midfield who can win it, use it and cover lots of ground. Diarra fits that bill to a tee and he is known to be fiercely ambitious. When he came to Portsmouth he virtually made it clear he saw his stay as a stopping off point to a bigger club.

Given his ambitions and Spurs needs, the Frenchman has to be the most likely signing for Redknapp.

Jermain Defoe 8/10

Arguably he shouldn't have left Spurs but the move did him good because he's a finisher who needs to play and be among the goals to boost his confidence. One of many players who credits Redknapp with adding to his game and this is the second club where he's played under the former West Ham boss.

Defoe would rate as the number one target but Pompey can be expected to put up more of a fight to keep the England striker and Spurs resurces are not limitless. Peter Storrie will ask for considerably more than the £7.5m he cost but if Redknapp insists, Daniel Levy surely has to find the cash.

There is the chance that if Pompey can stall long enough in the window, Spurs would be forced to look elsewhere after what happened last summer.

Glen Johnson 5/10

Another who played for Harry Redknapp at two clubs. The new Spurs boss would certainly like him again but Johnson's attractivenes will depend on the success and /or cost of  the chase for Diarra and Defoe.

Ther will be other options for the right back slot and Redknapp may be perfectly happy with Alan Hutton as his first choice, unless he sees Johnson as utility cover and a centre half in the making.

Peter Crouch 4/10

He's signed Crouch at Portsmouth and Southampton but would he take him to Spurs? The decision to push Luca Modric into a position behind the striker suggests that while he may appreciate Crouch's qualities,Redknapp has plans for different type of game at the White Hart Lane.

David James 4/10

Tottenham's keeper hasn't impressed anyone this season- particularly Vedrun Corluka. It must be odds-on that the new boss will look for another custodian but though David James is still quality, Spurs may feel they have to bring in someone for the long term.

Sol Campbell 2/10

Ok if we were just talking purely football, signing Campbell on a one year deal to get some organisation into the back four would be a logical move. Logic goes out of the window though given the vitriol over his move to Arsenal.

Stranger things have happened in football. Mo Johnston's moves between Rangers and Celtic were surrounded by an incendiary atmosphere and the prospect has been aired in the media but still not one to bet the house on.

Sylvain Distin 6/10

If there's a centre back going to leave Fratton Park for White Hart Lane, Distin is more likely to be in the frame. Redknapp signed him for Pompey and there's no baggage involved. Much depends on Ledley King's situation, whether Ricardo Rocha can make an impression after being banished by Juande Ramos and if Michael Dawson's confidence can be restored.

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