Benfica man in Pompey frame
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manuel Fernandes is the latest player to be linked with a move to Portsmouth.
Harry Redknapp is looking far and wide in his quest for new blood, with Benfica midfielder Manuel Fernandes the latest player to be linked with a move to Portsmouth.
Redknapp is determined to make good use of the transfer funds handed to him by new owner Alexandre Gaydamak, with the Pompey chief eager to strengthen all areas of his squad.
He has cast his eye over a number of big-name players, both in defence and attack, but he also has a need for a holding midfielder and Fernandes is a man in the frame to fill that role.
There has been no official confirmation from either side, but reports in Portugal suggest the clubs are set to meet this week to discuss a deal.
Benfica would be reluctant sellers of a player who has been likened to France star Claude Makelele, but a major offer from Pompey could force their hand.
Redknapp has not yet given up hope of luring Sol Campbell to the South Coast, but he has other irons in the fire and is reported to be looking at Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen.
The New Zealander has been a consistent figure for Rovers and Mark Hughes is a huge admirer of his talents.
Blackburn do not have a pressing need to cash in on their squad, but a sizeable offer from Pompey could lead to a change in stance at Ewood Park.