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Defoe seeking Harry reunion

04 January 2009 02:33
Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe has admitted that he wants to leave Fratton Park to link up with former Pompey manager Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur. The 26-year-old England international has been linked with a number of clubs after making it known that he wants to exit Fratton Park, but his preferred destination is White Hart Lane. He told the Sunday Mirror: "If Portsmouth can agree an acceptable deal with Tottenham I would like the opportunity to talk to them. "I've enjoyed my time immensely here, but I can't deny that Harry Redknapp's departure as manager hit me hard, particularly because he was the reason why I joined Portsmouth in the first place. "I have a great deal of respect for Tony Adams and what he's trying to achieve. We have a very good working relationship. "But I left Tottenham to join Portsmouth with the intention of working with Harry for a considerable time to come. "I could have gone to other clubs when I left Tottenham, but I wanted to work with Harry." Current Portsmouth boss Tony Adams still has hopes of persuading Defoe to change his mind and stay put, adding: "Jermain is still a Portsmouth player and maybe I'll make a point of talking to him on Monday. "People often change their minds, don't they. It happened here with (former first-team coach) Joe Jordan after Harry left. "All the time Joe was going to stay. Then suddenly he went to Spurs, bless him."

Source: ESA