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Harry rubbishes Crespo talk

16 Jan 2009 - 15:15:57

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has rubbished reports linking Hernan Crespo with a move to White Hart Lane.

Crespo, 33, who struggled to settle in England following his £16.8million arrival at Chelsea from Internazionale in 2003, was reported to be on Redknapp's January shopping list.

Redknapp has failed in a bid to persuade West Ham United to sell Craig Bellamy and was linked with a move for Inter's Brazilian striker Adriano earlier in the week.

But the veteran former Hammers and Portsmouth manager has described as "nonsense" a series of stories linking him with Crespo, who is regarded as a fringe member of Jose Mourinho's Inter squad.

The veteran Argentinian has made just seven Serie A appearances this season after joining Inter on a full-time basis in August following his release by Chelsea.

Earlier on Friday, Wigan boss Steve Bruce revealed that Redknapp was also close to completing a swoop on his club for highly-rated Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios.

Meanwhile, Redknapp is expecting a thorough examination when he leads Spurs into action against former club Portsmouth at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs are without a win in their last six league games.

"It will be a tough game because they've got good players and they're a big, strong side," he said.

"They've got pace down the flanks, the two centre-halves are strong, they've got a fantastic goalkeeper in my opinion and Peter Crouch up front is always a threat, so they're strong and they'll be difficult to beat.

"We need the points, but they've also slipped into trouble and aren't out of it. It's a big game for both clubs.

"Our form over the last 12 or 13 games has still been top-half-of-the-table form, but it's just slipped after such a fantastic start.

"We've got a tough run-in so we've got to start making sure we start picking up some points."

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