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Redknapp - I have done nothing wrong

Jermain Defoe 'was' expected to complete his move away from the club by Wednesday - although it is still likely to be done, and be done to Spurs so he can be reunited with the one he loves Harry Redknapp there are a few rumblings that I am getting that 'maybe' Inter are in the market with Jose Mourinho keen...

Redknapp is pleading his usual 'it is up to them what they do, if I cannot get him I will move on' speech but more interestingly are his claims on sky sports news that he feels he has done 'nothing wrong' in his pursuit of Defoe: 'the chairman has dealt with it. He has gone in there and made an offer.

'I have not gone in for any other players at Portsmouth. I have not made any enquiries there.

'If they don't want to sell him they don't have to.'

Rubbish has he done nothing wrong, if his constant mentioning of the player by name and his wanting to sign him is doing 'nothing wrong' then he has not, but he keeps mentioning him, and Stewart Downing at Boro by name, who has now requested a transfer as a result - if that is not 'tapping players up' then I do not know what it!

It also seems more than a strange coincidence that Defoe has 'received death threats similar to what Redknapp did when he went to Southampton' - the strikers apparent words, which seem to suggest that a certain someone might have been 'whispering' in his ear, and I also suggest he - or his agent - did prior to the cup game as well...

Ok, it is fair to say that he did not come here to play for Portsmouth Football Club, so we probably are better off without him in all honesty but the cheek of Redknapp to claim that he has done nothing wrong is incredible - he used to do it when he was here all the time, mentioning players by name and unsettling them, not to mention annoying rivals fans and managers. I seem to recall Steve Coppell being livid with him for his public pursuit of Nicky Shorey in the summer.

Did we not see him doing this when he was here, or did we choose not to?

It is a shame that the boot has had to be on the other foot for us to fully realise how disrespectful and underhanded his actions are...

In another bizarre twist on the dealing and his own defence Redknapp has not too long ago said that 'he would not sell Defoe' if he was Pompey - is this him trying to 'defend' his recent actions, even though he 'did nothing wrong', or is it because he knows that Spurs fans are actually torn on wanting Defoe back at the club - and they are torn! The Spurs fans vented their anger against Hossam Ghaly when he was due to come on for Spurs on Friday, and the fans call the shots! He walked on water here and got to do what he wanted, not at Spurs and he does not like this - how long before he walks, hmm...

Anyway, 'reports' were surfacing earlier that we had buckled in our valuation, but now reports are saying that Spurs are around £1.5m away from our valuation, with it also thought that Spurs are refusing to pay enough upfront - and 'if' word that I am getting coming through is right that Inter do want him, and more is being sought on this, it is thought they have offered around £18m - and they 'do' have money to play with, so if they are offering more than Spurs we should rightly accept that.

The signs are this could rumble on for a little longer yet, and it 'could' become feasible that he could still here at the weekend, hence why Tony Adams is starting to talk around the thoughts that he could play for us again, even though sky sports do not believe a word of it...

Well, as we all know, things are never simple with Pompey!

For the hell of it, and as I want to add it somewhere I will add in my own little bit of 'speculation' here and see where it gets us, talk at the weekend was that Reading were prepared to let Leroy Lita leave for as little as £350,000 - good god, if this is true we should get in there...


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Date:Monday January 5 2009

Time: 5:30PM

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Why is it that we only see how sneaky Harry is AFTER he has left us. Never noticed it before, it never occured to me that he did that to anyone before. But now it is SO annoying.
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05/01/2009 17:40:00

I agree completely. He wont stop mentioning Defoe by name and claiming "Its up to them if they want to sell him". He did exactly the same thing when he was trying to lure Defoe (and Kaboul for that matter) to Pompey in the 1st place!! Not nice is it.
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05/01/2009 17:51:00

LOL this happens all the time it happened to us with berbatov and its happening to you, it dont make it right but it is here to stay unfortunately.
spurfect one
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05/01/2009 17:52:00

When Harry was at Pompey and you signed Mendes (plus the others) and the fans you have there (and that awful bell ringing all the damn time) I used to cheer Pompey and enjoyed watching you. Then Defoe went there and I was livid, hated selling him and at least he went to a good club that I liked so hey ho. Then he scores a bag full of goals and I am so pleased for Pompey and for JD. I loved straight talking Harry and was THRILLED when he came to Spurs. Happy Days, and if JD comes home too that would be wonderful. Sorry guys, poor old Pompey, you loose Harry and JD BUT WORSE you have that Donkey ADAMS as manager!!!!!!! OMG I feel for you guys....good luck Pompey is what I say, great FANS great tradition, shame about the Owner and Adams - the ground is horrible but still has the feel of an English football ground with atmosphere etc. So good luck Pompey I wish you well, or as you lot say, "play up Pompey"
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05/01/2009 17:53:00

i am just disappiointed with myself that i did not notice it more, well i did, but did not question it when he was here - it isnt right and should not be allowed...
i think that levy - is that the spurs bloke? - is going to have to think twice tho before he 'moans' about another club 'tapping up' his players again tho isnt he, particularly with HR in charge...
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05/01/2009 17:57:00

Can't stand him. Always shouting who wants who and how he can't get them. He said we wanted Kaboul over the summer, when we never did, because he's a good old *****.
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05/01/2009 18:01:00

Yep, life with Harry is like lying down with the lions...there's a lot of rough with a lot of smooth...trouble is, we love the smooth, don't we? The great escape, the FA Cup...how about a parallel world where we'd never met Harry? Would we really want it? (And the same question could go to Spurs fans as well - though they are still not in the healthiest position, they must be a lot more hopeful than with Ramos and with a strong chance of retaining the League Cup) It's like an exciting love affair - great while it lasts but cr*p when it's over and would you rather it had never happened at all?
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05/01/2009 18:04:00

He'll try every trick in the book to get his man. There's a part of me that says give in so we can be rid of Harry's stories in the press about us, the other part says over my dead body.
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05/01/2009 18:21:00

Harry played dirty but did not realise just how dirty he played. But we had a ball last year, and I suppose I am glad to have met the man (so to speak). He's turned Defoe's head doubtless - but the lad's too thick to hide it. In fact, he has dropped himself and Harry right in it with his "I have had the same phone calls as Harry had when he left for Soton". Also, the police have apparently no record of Defoe having made a complaint. It stinks.
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05/01/2009 18:26:00

michael.thfc Adams has won more titles than what your tiny club has in it's existence & he knows a lot more about winning things than that old uncle you have there at your tiny little has been of a club. looking at the league table, im still confident that the Totescum Relegation Party 2009 will happen. & Pompey fans, Big Tone will surely come good for you guys, the way that old thug left your club in the middle of the season & took away your first team coach too, the job of managing the team in the middle of all this is not an easy job. Give The Legend some time & judge him next season, i'm sure he will turn things around & it'll be all good. and also yu will finish above the Spuds in the league this season & next season too ;) cheers!!
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05/01/2009 18:28:00

PS: Harry's mouth runs away with him. Lets hope he gets charged (he's still on bail) and his mouth runs away with him in court. (See - he's made me so nasty - I was never like this before)!
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05/01/2009 18:28:00

Arry's always been a 'wrong un' when it comes to his transfer mischief, that's a big part of his managerial talent! The shoe being on the other foot really does bring it home that it's all a bit out of order.
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05/01/2009 18:35:00

Spurs may offer something Tuesday so he can play the cup game if not it could go on & on, oh also he missed training again today.
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05/01/2009 18:43:00

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Adams is supposed to be considering a move for Joey Barton according to Meridian Tonight. If he signs him i will seriously reconsider my position in backing Adams. AS for Harry i thought it was wrong when he did it here and i think it's just as wrong that he's doing it at Spurs. Levy really needs to point out to him how bad he's making his chairman look after the last transfer window.
Steve C
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05/01/2009 18:49:00

lUCKYS 10 this has nothing to do with you. Just because adams was sucssefull it dont make him good manager. The fact is redknapp came because he probabaly felt he had done everything he could with pompey. As for calling us a little club, we have just released our designs for a 60 thousand seater stadium. That to me suggest we have a large fan base.
spurfect one
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05/01/2009 18:50:00

It wouldn't surprise me if Harry had actually been circulating Defoe's mobile number amongst Pompey fans trying to help things along.
Steve C
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05/01/2009 18:53:00

hahahaha, when yu have that stadium, when yu win the league again (dun think yu will be alive to see that though), when yu even qualify for the champions league, then tell me that your not a little club alrite. enjoy ur relegation battle. and as for Big Tone, only time will tell, but i back him to be a huge success..
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05/01/2009 19:11:00

if barton joins i wouldn't feel safe going out in portsmouth anymore...
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05/01/2009 19:11:00

Back to the point (not wanting to fuel a 'Who's the bigger club in North London' debate ... although we all know who it really is !... Anyway, Like it or not it's how Harry operates and although we are seeing it from a different perspective it's just his way ... I don't like it anymore than anybody else now or in the past but it's him and to be honest if managers and players (and indeed us fans) are still falling for it then are we not all as stupid as one another ;) Peace and Love fellas, Peace and Love!
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05/01/2009 19:11:00

Luckys 10 its how u define a big club, if it is by success by league titiles then only man u liverpool and arsenal should be called big clubs but i like to think of a big club by fan base and spending power. Newcastle havent won anything for lots of years but are they a small club? You sound like a typical glory hunter plastic fan who supports a team just because they are in the champions league.
spurfect one
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05/01/2009 19:19:00

Chix the debate wasent who is the biggest club in north london. It was whether spurs were a big club. read before you post.
spurfect one
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05/01/2009 19:21:00

Lads, keep your North London debate on your own forums (or should that be fora?), we have more important things to worry about such as whether the streets of Fratton are going to be stalked by Joey Barton. Best open a new wing at QA, quick!
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05/01/2009 19:29:00

Stuff Harry I don't want to talk about him. ....What I do want to say though is; You're right Rug, Leroy Lita is supposed to be available for around 350k. We would be mad not to have a punt! He's proven and cheap, Fee and wages!. What are we waiting for?
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05/01/2009 19:31:00

redknapp is trying to bring pompey down by nicking all are star players, let him have defoe if he doesnt want to be at fratton then he can go, id rather see someone like david nugent playing for pompey who is going to work for the team instead of defoe who is sulking just like he did when he was at spurs. we should have seen harry was going to leave us again, he left us for the scummers and iv always said he should never have come back regardless of the fa cup win.
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05/01/2009 19:34:00

i support Arsenal cuz i am a born Gooner, so dun tok BS about me widout knowing me. n if its about spending power, then mancity shud be the biggest club in the world right now. but hey i have to applaud yu and ur spurs huge fan base for one thing. 47 years of misery and still yu close ur eyes n blindly support ur club through thick and thin. deluded yet super supporters, but glad im not one of yu though lol. and Chix, the debate of who is the biggest club of North London or even London doesen't even exist, cuz it'll always be us. anyway spurfet one, peace mate, ur still one of the better spurs supporters on Vital, so peace mate, all the best for ur huge huge CC semis tomm, chow..
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05/01/2009 19:43:00

Luckys u chat crap proper english wouldn't go amiss.
spurfect one
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05/01/2009 19:51:00

'arry does it all the time, (reid when he was at soton). as a spurs fan i've been saying for a couple of weeks how he's after bellamy, downing and defoe, if those players were at my clud i'd be p*ssed off that he mentions them by name, which no doubt unsettles the player. is it tapping up, probably not but its def. disrespectful, particularly to his former employees!
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05/01/2009 20:15:00

When you bring success, you can walk on water & do no wrong. You take what you want to hear, happy days.
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05/01/2009 20:28:00

i thought Barnet was the biggest club in North London!
Steve C
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05/01/2009 20:30:00

North London - who cares? Surprised they don't have their own vital sites to argue on myself!
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05/01/2009 21:35:00

dofoe should go once you have stated you want a transfer you lose all respect from the fans we all know what could go on behind the scenes what you have got to remember is our players most of them harry brought in and should not be ableto tap players up
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05/01/2009 21:57:00

tell you something I know for a fact...and it sounds a bit gay but there you are...anyway, Jamie Redknapp and his missus run this magazine which costs about 15 a copy and is designed for top sportspeople. Well, the bloke who is their style consultant and does all the photo shoots, he does a lot of chatting with top players and a lot of chatting with Jamie, and Jamie does a lot of chatting with Dad and therefore there is a lot of chatting going on whereby players are being tapped up in a way which doesn't involve agents and is quite legal. The things you find out up Hammersmith way...
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05/01/2009 21:59:00

when harry did it, we knew. and we loved it. That makes me feel even worse! it's irritating, but he is who he is - and untill younger managers come through - the roy keanes, Tony Adams', and Paul Inces come through... I don;t see much changing there. Oh, and are inter REALLY intrested in defoe?! them, Juventus and Man City should REALY drive up his price!
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05/01/2009 22:11:00

I don't think it matters what other clubs are involved Defoe wants spurs and thats it, it's up to them to match our price. Oh and up to Defoe to agree to a wage cut as well, i understand from a friend with links to the club that we pay our players much better than Spurs do.
Steve C
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05/01/2009 22:20:00

He did it when he was here, especially when we were after Crouch. By the way, I read today that we also still owe Spurs money for Mendes, as well as Kaboul and Defoe! I reckon we'll get bugger all out of this, apart from a clean slate.
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05/01/2009 23:18:00

I though part of the deal was to waive the fee for Kaboul? Also, I heard long time ago, that Levi won't pay more than 45grand per week for wages - that's his top whack. I hope all the deals fall through and Defoe rots on the benches til the summer. Serve him and Harry b-----ywell right.
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05/01/2009 23:59:00

a fee has been agreed - he 'loves' spurs and HR so he will take a pay cut...
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06/01/2009 09:12:00

he never has been able to keep his big mouth shut, he shows no respect at all to other clubs, teams, fans and yet expects respect back.
The Fear
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06/01/2009 11:16:00

To be honest, anyone who earns 45,000 a week shouldn't be worried about anything extra! That's an insanely large amount of money. Surely a wage cut to 45k is the best wage cut ever!
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06/01/2009 12:29:00


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