Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has admitted to admiring former Spurs player, Portsmouth striker Jermaine Defoe, with the former Pompey boss also revealing he admired a lot of his former charges at Fratton Park.
Redknapp has been linked with several of his former players since he quit the South Coast side to join Tottenham in October, with Defoe along with Sylvain Distin and Glen Johnson all said to be on the Redknapp radar.
However, despite Pompey defender Lauren claiming that Defoe was to leave Fratton Park for a sensational return to White Hart Lane in January. Redknapp insists that no deal is in place for the England International, with no offer being made by the North London club to their Premier League rivals.
“We haven't made an offer for Jermain,” Redknapp said on Friday.
“I do like Jermain but there are a lot of players at Portsmouth I like. They have a great squad of players there.
In regards to Johnson, Redknapp wouldn’t be drawn, but did concede that the Spurs squad was short in areas. Redknapp is, a known admirer of Johnson, having seen him emerge from the West Ham Academy, while he was in charge of the Hammers and then signing the right-back from Chelsea for Portsmouth in 2007 after taking Johnson on a season-long loan .
“We are short in certain positions without a doubt,” Redknapp conceded.
“We've got a good squad here, it just needs thickening up. If we find the right players, we will bring them in.”