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Redknapp on transfer targets

Harry Redknapp has admitted an interest to The News in reported transfer targets John Mensah and Peter Crouch.

Ghanaian defender Mensah seems likely to leaves Rennes in the summer and a rumoured destination for some time has been Fratton Park - with the player himself expressing a liking to play for us and Redknapp has admitted an interest, but he also knows others will be interested too: 'I like him. I've watched him quite a bit, but I think there are a few other clubs interested in him.

'I've been watching quite a lot of players for next season.

'He's one of those players to look at'.

We are short of central defenders, so if the price is right he would not be a bad signing at all if you ask me. It is not known though if he would be a replacement for Sol Campbell or extra competition - should he sign of course…

As for Crouch it is no secret that Redknapp is a long term admirer of the England man, he has repeatedly said he would welcome him back to the club and if Liverpool do decide to sell then he will be looking to snap him up: 'there will be plenty of takers for Crouchie if he becomes available.

'He's a good player.

'But I do like him. If Liverpool decided to sell him there would be plenty of clubs in for him'.

As said earlier in the week I do think he will leave Liverpool and would not be at all surprised to see him come back to play for us again.

We will no doubt be linked to plenty of players in the coming months, but at this point in time this pair appear to be heading the shopping list…

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Date:Wednesday April 9 2008

Time: 12:35PM

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I settle for either or both. Win the FA Cup & everybody will know how we are, if they havn't already. We won't be considered the 'little' club as seen 3-4 years ago. We can be a bit picky on who we want.
storagematt
id "settle" for both... but when youlook at our central defenders, we've got cranie, linvoy and pamerot who play there - but they are all injurred/coming back from injury, and herman hriderson also plays well there. still, mensah sounds good - and if we make europe, then we will need someone to come in for the aging sol and linvoy.
pompeycarpet
without doubt we need another central defender even if sol stays, linvoy gets a new deal and the return to full fitness of paramount and cranie - im not sure paramount will stay tho? hopefully he will tho...
crouchy and henry coming in would not be half bad would it :-)
pompeyrug
i like the sound of mensah, but this is another african, which might cause us problems in 18 months time again, but apart from that he sounds very good, very strong. with crouchy, id prefer us to look at other long term targets such as farfan, but still, id prefer us to spend 5m on crouch than baros, if that makes sense?
jbaker
and yep, henry above both! henry, is a pompey fan. he knows he is loved here!
jbaker
Bring em all in I say. We will need a big squad if we are in Europe and want to give the Carling Cup a good go to. A few will want to move on no doubt but refresh the squad and a bring in a couple of big names too is what the fans want.
eastneydave
On Sky Sports news this morning, Ronaldinio will probably be leaving Barcelona this year for a growing premiership club , not one of the 'big four' aparently Man City and Spurs may be interested, I hope we are as well to be honest
Bennyboy
Mensah is a good player and so is Crouch. I would say go for them both. Winning the FA Cup will help you attract good players, so good luck!
Fan of Blues
Ronaldinho is heavily linked with Sven at City, as for our poll, I can confirm that Lenny Henry has been seen at Port Solent with Harry and is looking forward to signing
paultsmouth
Henry & Defoe. Not there's a thought. You may be right paultsmouth, more likely to be Lenny Henry.
storagematt
I to would like to see farfan but we have a poor relationship with Koeman, basically..... because he is a nasty scumbag so i suspect that swirtch is not likely to happen, Crouch could if we make Uefa and i think Mensah will because of the Sulley connection and a good club relationship with Rennes.
russellm
i think unless he ( Henry) still remembers that game when he thrashed us and has developed a soft spot for ram shackle stadia and sub aqua training facilities then there is a high probability..... it wont happen
russellm
I would love to see, His Tallness, Peter Crouch come back. It would be a shame to say goodbye to Sol as I think he is a calming influence at the back (as well as being well 'ard) so I guess another central defender will be needed. It will be an interesting summer.
Pompeyscum
Are we going to be able to afford any of the players mentioned unless we off load some for a good price? Portsmouth FC have just announced a 24 million pound operating loss for last year. Can that go on? At some stage the books have to be balanced and debt repaid or is Sasha going to keep covering the losses just for the fun of it? Sorry to rain on the parade guys but a loss that big is a worry.
frattonaussie
i suspect we will only sign 2 players, Mensah and Guiterrez. I have a feeling Man City will get crouch, we cant afford his wages. Traore could be used as part of an exchange for Mensah, and Lauren can be used in the guiterrez deal. That way we will spent about 10 million.
pompeysno.9
If Sol goes then we will have $60,000 a week to pay Crouch.
frattonaussie
 

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