Redknapp denies swoop
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Redknapp has told skysports.com he has made no approach for Danny Gabbidon.Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has told skysports.com that he has made no approach for Daniel Gabbidon.
Speculation had suggested Redknapp was putting in place a potential £3.5 million deal to prise the talented stopper from Cardiff City, in January's transfer window.
The Wales international has proved an accomplished performer on the international stage and was thought to have caught the eye of Redknapp.
However, whilst conceding that he admired the player, the Pompey chief insists that his club do not possess the finances to tempt Cardiff into a sale.
''I don't have £3.5 million to spend on a centre half,'' Redknapp told skysports.com.
''This is the first I've heard of it. I've certainly not made any kind of approach.
''Danny's a good player but we don't have that type of money available.''
With finances tight at Fratton Park, a potential swap deal has been mooted involving Gary O'Neil, who is presently enjoying a productive loan spell at Ninian Park.
Bluebirds boss Lennie Lawrence is thought to be keen on landing the talented England Under-21 international on a permanent basis.
However, when quizzed on the possibility of allowing O'Neil to move, Redknapp was emphatic in stating that the player would not be allowed to leave Fratton Park - as he believes the youngster still has a big future on the South Coast.
''No chance,'' continued Redknapp. ''He's there (at Cardiff) on loan and that is definitely all it is.
''I still think Gary has a massive future at this club and he will come back.
''It's a loan move and that's it.''
Although conceding that there would not be the type of finances to land a player that would demand an excessive fee, Redknapp said he would be assessing the situation again in the new year.
He confirmed: ''It's something we'll look at again in January.
''I don't know at the moment what the situation will be.''
Meanwhile, the club have confirmed that they could offer George Best an ambassadorial role to help raise the profile of plans to refit Fratton Park.
The former Manchester United favourite is a personal friend of chairman Milan Mandaric and could be used to help promote the club's ambitious plans.