Harry sets record straight
Harry Redknapp has cooled talk of a move for Sulley Muntari, while rejecting claims Roman Pavlyuchenko is on his way.
Last Updated: 14/10/09 3:15pm
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has cooled talk of a move for Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari, while rejecting claims Roman Pavlyuchenko is on his way to Zenit St Petersburg.
Transfer talk has started early ahead of the window reopening in January and Tottenham are again expected to fine tune their ranks after a summer of heavy investment.
Muntari excelled for Redknapp during their time together at Portsmouth before securing a lucrative move to Italian giants Inter.
His time in Italy has been characterised by persistent rumours of a return to the Premier League, with Spurs often earmarked as being primary suitors.
Redknapp admits he holds the combative midfielder in high regard but is keen to dampen talk of a bid in January.
"Not really, no," he told Sky Sports News, when quizzed on whether there was any truth in the rumours.
"I've never made an enquiry about Sulley. I like Sulley, he was a terrific player for me at Portsmouth. I remember that day when he scored two at Villa, when we went there and played fantastic.
"Sulley is a top player but I've not spoken to Jose Mourinho about him."
Speculation has also been rife that Pavlyuchenko is to leave White Hart Lane in January, with his agent having claimed a deal has already been done with Zenit.
The Russian has struggled for playing time under Redknapp and is even further down the pecking order this season following the bright form of Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch.
Redknapp, though, insists he has a lot of time for the Russian and is keen to keep his full complement of strikers.
"I don't get involved in agreeing deals," he added. "If someone spoke to the chairman that's different, but the chairman would have told me.
"If there is any negotiations anyway that's above my head. As far as I know Daniel has never rung me and spoke about Pav going and he would have done.
"He's a good player Pav and I do feel sorry for him. It's just we've three players this season who've all scored hat-tricks - Keano, Crouchy and Jermaine Defoe.
"It's been hard for him but he's a good player and I like him very much. I really don't want to lose him."