Pompey still want Stone
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
PORTSMOUTH manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he is keen to lure Steve Stone back to Fratton Park.
The Aston Villa midfielder impressed during a month-long loan spell on the South Coast earlier in the autumn.
Stone made five appearances, scoring one goal, and the 31-year-old is keen to quit Villa Park in search of regular first team football.
His stint with Pompey was halted by injury and Redknapp admits he would relish the prospect of enticing the former England international back to the club.
"I would like to get Steve Stone back again because he did ever so well. If we could get him back that would be a good signing for us," Redknapp told planetfootball.com.
Redknapp has also not given up hope of landing Tottenham's veteran midfielder Tim Sherwood.
The First Division table-toppers have been on Sherwood's trail for the majority of the season but a knee injury has hampered any chances of a deal.
"Tim Sherwood would be a good signing for us as well, it's just getting him fit but he is coming back to fitness," added Redknapp.
Pompey bolstered their squad this week with the acquisition of Deon Burton from Derby and Redknapp was delighted to land the striker.
However, he also feels Portsmouth require a couple more fresh faces to ensure they are in pole position to reach The Premiership.
He continued: "I still feel I need a couple of players to strengthen the squad.
"We've got Deon and that's a good signing for us. He wasn't expensive - it was a very small fee for a decent player.
"Deon did well for us when we had him on loan. He knows a lot about us and we know a lot about him."