Harry plays down Yossi link
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Redknapp insists he has not made an enquiry about signing Yossi Benayoun.
Harry Redknapp insists he has not made an enquiry about bringing Yossi Benayoun to Portsmouth.
West Ham United schemer Benayoun has been linked with a January switch to Fratton Park as Pompey look to stay on course for a European spot.
But, having spoken to Hammers manager Alan Curbishley, Redknapp confirmed he has not discussed a deal for the Israel international.
"I like him, but I've not made an enquiry at all for him," Redknapp told Sky Sports News.
"I spoke to Alan Curbishley yesterday, just for a chat with Alan to see how he was and he was never mentioned, the boy never came up in the conversation once."
Redknapp is prepared to strengthen his squad if the right player is available and is still hoping to strike a deal for Manuel Fernandes.
Though the midfielder's loan spell from Benfica has expired, he is still training with Portsmouth as the Premiership club look to reach an agreement regarding his fee.
Redknapp added: "He's finished now, but as I keep saying I like him, he's a player with good potential.
"It's just the transfer fee that was agreed or sorted or whatever, I just felt my own personal view is that it's too much money and I'm sure the kid feels the same way.
"If a decent deal could be done you'd like to take him, but not at £12million.
"He's a talent, I like him very, very much and I think he's a good young player, but I couldn't possibly pay that amount of money."