Pompey rebuffed in Barry bid
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth have had a bid rejected for Aston Villa's Gareth Barry.
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed the club have had a bid rejected for Aston Villa's Gareth Barry.
Redknapp is a big admirer of Barry and is keen to lure him to Fratton Park.
Pompey are believed to have tabled a bid in the region of £4.5 million for Barry, but the offer was turned down by Villa.
Redknapp is now waiting to see if Villa's stance on Barry will be altered by the departure of David O'Leary.
"Gareth Barry is a talented player and we placed a bid with Aston Villa," Redknapp told The News.
"They turned it down because he is someone they want to keep.
"'I don't know if the situation will be different now David O'Leary has been sacked."
Redknapp also confirmed his interest in Manchester City defender Sylvain Distin.
Distin's future is up in the air as he yet to agree a new deal at Eastlands.
Speculation has intensified about the Frenchman's future after Distin was stripped of the captaincy for the new season.
Redknapp admitted he is fan of Distin and that he would like to bring him to Pompey.
"Manchester City are trying their best to keep him but he's the type of defender I like," added Redknapp.
Meanwhile, Redknapp is also understood to be continuing his search for a new number one.
David James was a target but now Bolton's Jussi Jaaskelainen and Andreas Isaksson of Rennes are understood to be two names high on Pompey's list of possible targets.