Redknapp not hopeful over Jeffers
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has revealed to skysports.com that he is not overly optimistic about his attempts to sign Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers.
Redknapp is actively scouring the transfer market in a bid to bring in a new striker this month.
Pompey are shorn of options in attack with Jason Roberts ending his loan spell from West Brom to join Wigan, Yakubu Aiyegbeni going on international duty in the African Cup of Nations and duo Svetoslav Todorov and Vincent Pericard still on the sidelines.
Redknapp admitted he would love to lure Jeffers to Fratton Park, but concedes a move is unlikely.
"I am looking for a striker as we are desperately short," said Redknapp. "I have only really got Teddy Sheringham at the minute.
"I would like to sign Francis Jeffers, but I don't really think it is a goer.
"I will try and see, but I doubt it.
"He belongs to Arsenal and he is on loan at Everton and I doubt whether or not Arsenal would want to lose him."
Redknapp also admitted the move to sign Croatian defender Boris Zivkovic was a mistake after they parted company earlier on Tuesday.
Zivkovic only joined Pompey in the summer from Bayer Leverkusen, but the player failed to impress Redknapp who decided to let him go after just six months.
"He wasn't what I was looking for in the end," admitted Redknapp. "I am disappointed with what has happened.
"I was not happy with his performances or his attitude and I am glad that he has moved on.
"I will look around to try and replace him, but it is not easy."
Redknapp confirmed the club had given a short trial to Brentford goalkeeper Paul Smith and that they would be keeping an eye on the highly-rated shot-stopper.
Smith has attracted the interest of both Southampton and Tottenham this season and Redknapp is now keeping tabs on him.
"He has been down here for just one day training and he did pretty well," said Redknapp. "We will keep an eye on him and watch him this weekend probably."