Redknapp welcomes arrivals
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Redknapp has welcomed the arrival of Argentine star Andres D'Alessandro.Harry Redknapp has welcomed the arrival of Argentine star Andres D'Alessandro.
Portsmouth sealed a loan deal for the Wolfsburg midfielder on Tuesday and Redknapp was delighted to have secured his signature.
"It is a terrific loan signing," he told Sky Sports News.
"He had an offer from another German club but the kid wanted to come and play in England.
"He has been over with me before, I had him at West Ham. We first saw him play at Fulham in an Under-20 game at Craven Cottage a few years back, he was the best player on the pitch and I got him over to train with us but they were asking £6 million which was too expensive.
"He's not a striker, he plays midfield or behind or off a striker. He's a real talent.
"One or two of the lads have played against him before and I don't think they could believe it when he walked on to the training ground.
"He has come here to play and make sure he stakes his claim to be in the World Cup team."
Redknapp was also happy to add Wayne Routledge to his squad - he arrived from Tottenham on loan on Monday.
"I am delighted with that one," Redknapp continued.
"I like Routledge, he is a real talent and gets at people - he's a real player for the future.
"We've took him on loan and are very pleased to have him."
Redknapp also admitted he was disappointed to have missed out on both John Hartson and Nigel Quashie.
"We enquired about Hartson, and I would love to bring him here but that is not going to happen now," he said.
"He would have been a good signing for sure, but it is not a possibility and I doubt now if anything else is going to happen.
"I was also interested in Quashie, people have said he wouldn't be welcomed - but I don't know.
"I thought he was the best player at Southampton, but he will be a good player for Bryan [Robson] at West Brom - unfortunately.
"I love Robbo, but I think he's got a good player now."
Redknapp also took time to pay tribute to co-owners Milan Mandaric and Alexandre Gaydamak - who have financed nine new arrivals this month.
"We needed to do something, if we had sat back and done nothing we would be relegated," he said.
"I've had terrific support from Mandaric and Gaydamak, they have looked at the squad and realised something needed doing and from now we can only do our best."