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Pompey £12m Defoe Bid Rejected

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Portsmouth have had a £12million offer for Jermain Defoe rejected by Barclays Premiership rivals Tottenham, according to a Portsmouth News report.


The offer for the striker, who boss Harry Redknapp worked with at West Ham, would nearly treble Pompey's transfer record - which currently stands at £4.1million for fellow striker Benjani Mwaruwari, who joined from Auxerre last season.


Redknapp, who masterminded a run of six victories in 10 games at the end of the season which enabled Pompey to survive in the top flight, has been handed the firepower to strengthen the team by co-owner Sacha Gaydamak following recent talks.


But Pompey's opening offer for Defoe - who left England's training camp in Germany on Friday following the return to fitness of Wayne Rooney, has been turned down - according to www.portsmouth.co.uk.


Redknapp recently held talks with Gaydamak about the funds available to strengthen his squad, with a striker high on his list of priorities.


The 59-year-old manager, who recently signed a new three-year deal with the club, has been scouring Europe in search of at least one new striker after Pompey dropped out of the race to sign Andrew Johnson, who moved from Crystal Palace to Everton for £8.6million.


Redknapp was also interested in a move for Wigan striker Henri Camara, while he has also had his eye on Red Star Belgrade's 6ft 7in Serbia and Montenegro striker Nikola Zigic.

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Guest fozzie22
Who was it on here that said Pompey were skint?  <_<   Told you so whoever you were

I agree,and if a shit house club like pompey can find someone to invest the sort of money in then why not Everton....


Makes you wonder doesnt it?

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Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has denied making a £12million bid for Jermain Defoe.


But Redknapp said: "No, it's not true we've offered £12million for Jermain Defoe. I don't know who picked it up or who has been talking to the papers but we haven't offered £12million for him.

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