Milan confirms Pompey targets
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The capture of Dean Kiely is unlikely to conclude Harry Redknapp's spending.The capture of Dean Kiely on Wednesday is unlikely to conclude Harry Redknapp's January spending spree, with strikers and midfielders on his wish list.
Redknapp ended his search for an experienced keeper when bringing Kiely to Portsmouth from Charlton.
Pompey are immersed in a relegation dogfight and Redknapp is keen to bring in as much quality as possible before the transfer window slams shut.
Saturday's 5-0 defeat at Birmingham highlighted the need for a keeper, which he has hopefully solved with the capture of Kiely, and their shortcomings in front of goal.
Strikers are top of Redknapp's wish list and Pompey are talking to both Porto and Celtic about Benni McCarthy and John Hartson respectively.
"With John, that's in Celtic's hands," Pompey chairman Milan Mandaric told Sky Sports News. "We are going through the club.
"We respect their decision. We just hope optimistically we can bring John to help us out."
Hartson has stated that he is happy and not looking to leave Parkhead, but Mandaric is not prepared to give up the chance to sign the rugged forward.
"It's going to be difficult, he is a very good player, but again I'm optimistic," added Mandaric.
"We will try every which way we can, that is all we can do. He is happy of course, but we hope he can be happy too at Portsmouth.
"His aggressiveness and scoring power could be great for us."
Celtic are determined to fend off Portsmouth's interest in Hartson.
"Celtic football club, unlike some others, carries out its business in a professional manner," said a club spokesperson. "John made comments this morning, which yet again reiterated his position at Celtic.
"Celtic will not be accepting any bids for John Hartson."
South African forward McCarthy is also a target, as Mandaric revealed: "We are trying desperately to score some goals, so we are looking everywhere.
"We are interested in him, he is another quality player and if we can land him it will be a tremendous addition to our football team."
Redknapp would appear to be looking for some added midfield creativity, with Mandaric confirming they are attempting to strike a deal with Bayer Leverkusen for Jacek Krzynowek.
Krzynowek is not a regular at Leverkusen and Mandaric feels he is an attainable target.
"We certainly hope so," said Mandaric. "We've been trying to sign him for the last several days.
"I just hope we are successful but we are not there yet.
"He is an attacking midfield player, very powerful.
"All the players we are looking at now are players we feel can fit in immediately and bring something over and above what we have now."