Redknapp - We need a striker
Harry Redknapp admits he is hoping to bring a new striker to Fratton Park before the end of the transfer window.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 21/01/08 10:20am
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp admits he is hoping to bring a new striker to Fratton Park before the end of the January transfer window.
Benjani Mwaruwari hit a hat-trick to help Pompey to a 3-1 Premier League win over Derby at the weekend, but Redknapp is still looking to add firepower to his squad.
David Nugent has failed to settle on the South Coast since his summer move from Preston and Redknapp has been linked with moves for Lyon duo Fred and Milan Baros.
Former Liverpool and Aston Villa forward Baros looks to be Redknapp's best bet as the Czech striker has fallen out of favour with Lyon manager Alain Perrin and Fred appears keen to remain in France.
Redknapp, though, confesses he is finding it difficult to tempt a forward to join Pompey as they bid to continue their pursuit of a place in Europe.
"I think the squad needs another frontman, because we are short," Redknapp said in The Sun.
"Getting a frontman in is the key it would give us a bit of competition up there. I am looking but they are not easy to find."
Meanwhile, Redknapp claims he had no such problems in convincing Lassana Diarra, who made his debut in the victory over Derby, to join Pompey.
Redknapp, who was approached for the vacant Newcastle manager's job before Kevin Keegan took over, says that after holding talks with the former Arsenal midfielder the £4million move was never in doubt.
"He (Diarra) had offers from Newcastle, Aston Villa and Manchester City - all big clubs," Redknapp added.
"I met him and to be honest if I had gone to Newcastle I think he would have gone there because I got on well with him."