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

03 Jan 2009 - 10:40:32

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has all but given up hope of being able to bring striker Jermain Defoe back to the club from Portsmouth this month.

The 26-year-old England international has made it known that he would like to leave Fratton Park to head back to his former club, but ex-Pompey boss Redknapp believes the price for Defoe may be too high.

He admitted: "I think it's in excess of £20million probably.

"The two clubs are miles apart in their valuation of the player, so I think we'll have to move on."

Portsmouth manager Tony Adams has accepted that Defoe wants to move on, but says that a deal will only go ahead if he agrees to it.

He commented: "(Executive chairman) Peter Storrie had a meeting with him last Wednesday, which I sat in on, and Jermain expressed a desire to leave.

"I think Peter is talking to a few clubs about him, but the final decision will be mine and I have a price in mind of what I think he is worth.

"He is a superb player and a great goalscorer, but I have not yet made up my mind whether or not I am going to sell him."

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