After learning his lesson that buying solely African talent will leave you sparse come the African Cup of Nations, Harry Redknapp has continued his trend of buying top English talent.
After sealing recent deals for Jermaine Defoe, Peter Crouch and Glen Little, Harry Redknapp is turning his eye to England and Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips:
At the moment we like him, he is a good player but he belongs to Chelsea.
We have spent some money on Peter Crouch, so the situation is that we have two other options but Shaun Wright-Phillips is a terrific player.
Any transfer of Wright-Phillips would represent a considerable loss for Chelsea. They paid £22 million to Manchester City for his services in 2005, and it is unlikely that Portsmouth would go higher than £15 million.
If Chelsea were to allow Wright-Phillips to move, it would increase speculation that Robinho is on the way to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid. The Brazilian is mainly used as a second striker but can play on the wing, or big Phil Scolari could move to a Manchester United-style attacking formation with less dependancy on wingers and more second strikers.
A move to Portsmouth could be very good for Wright-Phillips, who has seen England team-mates David James, Sol Campbell, Glen Johnson and Jermaine Defoe reignite their domestic and international careers at Fratton Park.
I think it would be great for Wright-Phillips, Portsmouth and English football if he were to move to the South Coast. He would get more game time, improving his sharpness for international football and it would also see a possible Portsmouth line-up with 8 or more Englishmen.
Would any Pompey fans want this move? Would Chelsea fans happily see the back of Wright-Phillips?