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Redknapp expected Defoe?

Redknapp expected Defoe?
As we know, the only players to arrive were Papa Diop and Glen Johnson - neither could really be described as exciting (although Harry has done his best to build Johnson up as a big player).

So, the question lies, what was he expecting?

Could he have been going for the yak - and attempted a swap deal for Gary, only to miss out at the last minute, and have to go through with Gary leaving? Seems unlikely.

His comments about Defoe however - as reported in the daily mirror - are more enticing. It suggests that Defoe could have been the target, and that we were priced out of a move. Although this too seems unlikely, it is possible. Even more so, with the departure of Gary, who could have been an attempt to get the funds - but due to its lateness, miss out at the last minute.

I would not be surprised if this was what Harry was aiming for, but unfortunately for us, he clearly missed.

Still, come January, and with Defoe not making to many appearances so far for Tottenham, we could still get a much-needed non-African forward - in the shape of Defoe.

Almost certainly me trying to put 5465 and 2156 together and making 7622, but I like to think I'm still only 1 out ;-)

Written by pompeycarpet.

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Date:Monday September 3 2007
Time: 7:23PM

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tbh mate i think that o'neil was sacrificed to fund this striker but the move came to late in the day to get crouchy, defoe or gudjohnson - who was asking far too much i reckon anyway - or anyone esle... the rumours about a late move for defoe were true i reckon, but it just came too late and spurs were asking too much 5m plus matt taylor is taking the *****, i really reckon they would be demanding that. i dont think that it is so much defoe wouldnt come, it was that we would not pay what they wanted - so he will be happy to wait at spurs for jol to be sacked and then see who comes in. if jol stays and defoe doesnt sign a contract by january he will be sold, with a much cheaper price too...
03/09/2007 19:27:00
oh and you were right, you were only 1 out in your calculations... i checked :)
03/09/2007 19:28:00
I think Defoe didnt leave spurs because he as are they are expecting Berbatov to leave in for man u january. pompey made the offer of a player plus cash but defoe has been quite clear that he wanted top 4 or at least Euro football. so i suspect that had he left spurs it would have been for Blackburn and i thinkl harry is trying to talk away another transfer cock up, as i said befoe the club is becomming publicity concious and they are surely aware people are angry.
03/09/2007 20:01:00
Russell i remain a Defoeist and he will be a Pompey player in January, or my name isnt Chalkias!!
03/09/2007 20:32:00
Can't see Defoe leaving the London lights for the mills & pits of Blackburn?
03/09/2007 20:46:00
IS your name chalkias? anyway, it would be good to get him in january if we could.
03/09/2007 21:03:00
I think it was a lot more than 5mil and Taylor. Add a one before 5 and you have something a little closer.
03/09/2007 21:04:00
Great isn't it? 12m+ for a reserve striker these days!
03/09/2007 22:06:00
I agree this is the one Harry thought he would get but to let GON go and not get the target is ridiculous and someone needs to be shot for that!!!
L L Blue
03/09/2007 22:22:00
I have a feeling this cock up is going to come back and bite us in the bum!
L L Blue
03/09/2007 22:23:00
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