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  • Nickname:Pompey
  • Founded:1898
  • Manager:Guy Whittingham
  • Ground:Fratton Park
  • Capacity:19179
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Defoe seeking Harry reunion

04 Jan 2009 - 14:33:13

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."


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