Pompey looking to seal triple swoop
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
PORTSMOUTH have not yet finalised the transfer of Vitesse Arnhem defender Dejan Stefanovic, but they have made a move for another Wimbledon starlet.
Stefanovic is set to pen a deal at Fratton Park on Friday, after Pompey agreed a near £2 million fee with his club Vitesse Arnhem.
Manager Harry Redknapp is a huge fan of the player and is delighted to be on the verge of landing him, beating Scottish champions Rangers to his signature.
"I'm very pleased to get Stefanovic. He's a good player - a left-sided, left-footed centre-half," said Redknapp.
"He's a terrific passer of the ball - he passes like a quality midfielder - and he's fantastic in the air.
"Rangers came in strong for him at the end, but he'd already made up his mind that he wanted to come to us."
Vitesse's technical director Jan Streur has confirmed to planetfootball.com that the deal is expected to go through in the next 24 hours.
"The deal is not 100 percent done," Streur admitted.
"I expect it to be done on Friday."
Stefanovic's agent Rank Stojic confirmed that Rangers had missed their chance.
"We have a meeting tomorrow [Friday] morning to complete the last details and sign the papers.Ç¥ Stojic confirmed.
"Glasgow Rangers have had enough time, they had two extra days at the weekend, and that is gone now.
"It is unfair to Portsmouth for us to wait on Glasgow Rangers, if you give your word, you have to keep to that.
"Furthermore, Stefanovic only wanted to go to Portsmouth."
Meanwhile, Pompey are in talks over a deal with Wimbledon's administrators which will see Jobi McAnuff added to the proposed transfer of Nigel Reo-Coker.
The Premiership new boys are now looking at a double raid which is reportedly going to cost them no more than £1 million.
"Jobi McAnuff played very well against us at Fratton Park," admitted Redknapp.
"The kid's got bags of ability and it's well worth taking a gamble on him.
"Nigel Reo-Coker's a strong box-to-box player who has got a little bit of Paul Ince about him. He's got a bit of cockiness which I like."
The Dons' administrator Nick Wood confirmed to planetfootball.com that McAnuff had joined Reo-Coker in talks with Pompey, saying: "Both players are now in talks with Portsmouth.
"The deal has not yet been agreed between us and we are continuing talks with them."