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Portsmouth’s chief exec warns Tottenham that Defoe and others will cost ‘stupid money’: Are they worth it?

If Harry Redknapp was looking for a ‘former manager discount’ at Pompey in January he’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise. Chief executive Peter Storrie claims Redknapp will need to bring ‘stupid money’ to the table if he wants to bring Crouch, Defoe and the rest of the starting XI to WHL.

Harry Redknapp was warned yesterday he will have to pay ‘stupid money’ if he wants to lure Jermain Defoe and Lassana Diarra from Portsmouth to Tottenham.

Peter Storrie, the Portsmouth chief executive and Redknapp’s close friend, is bracing himself for an approach from his former manager when the transfer window opens in January. But Storrie insisted the club’s financial situation does not mean they need to sell their best players.
Harry Redknapp.

‘Harry knows no player is sold without first discussing it with the manager,’ said Storrie. ‘It was the same when we sold Sulley Muntari to Inter Milan. Even Harry agreed they were offering silly money and we had to accept it.

‘We had offers for Defoe and Crouch on the last transfer deadline day, but they were rejected and they would be rejected again. (Daily Mail)

That seems fair enough. If Redknapp was already employing this type of reasoning at his former club, then it seems right that the rules would be the same with or without him at the helm. Tottenham do have the funds to go after a couple of key names, but the thought of spending silly money to bring Defoe, a player the sold to Pompey, back to the club for an inflated price seems to be a bit much.

Do Spurs supporters want anyone from Portsmouth?

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