Harry reveals Beckham interest
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp would consider a move for David Beckham if his AC Milan deal falls through.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 22/10/08 10:58pm
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has revealed he would consider a move for David Beckham if his AC Milan deal falls through.
The England international is set to join the Italian giants on loan from LA Galaxy to ensure he stays fit during the MLS off-season and in contention for England selection.
Milan have said a deal has already been done but should it hit a snag, Redknapp would welcome the 33-year-old midfielder at Pompey.
"If he doesn't go to Milan maybe I'll try to sign him myself," he said. "He would be a great loan for anybody.
"I haven't made an enquiry but it has crossed my mind. Maybe I'll try if it doesn't happen with Milan.
"David is still a great player, and you can't tell me he wouldn't be a great benefit to our Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe with his crossing.
"I'm sure he is going to break Bobby Moore's record for the number of outfield England caps now (108). I don't think he'll beat Peter Shilton's record (125).
"Would he come to Portsmouth? Why not? His missus might prefer shopping in Portsmouth to shopping in Milan.
"The fact is he is still a top player and wants to play, and I'm sure we wouldn't be the only ones interested if he didn't go to Milan. They would be queueing up."
Even at 33, Pompey goalkeeper David James believes his England team-mate still has plenty to offer at the top level.
"I haven't spoken to David about it and don't know whether he's going to Milan but as a player I know he's still hungry and wants to play," James added.
"Any player with international aspirations knows he has to be playing regularly and I'm sure that's the case with David."
Beckham would not be able to link up with Milan in time for their UEFA Cup clash against Portsmouth on November 27.
Pompey kick-off their Group E campaign away to Sporting Braga on Thursday and will be wary after almost being knocked out by neighbours Vitoria Guimaraes in the last round.
"We know they are going to be tough opposition because of the technical quality in the side," said Redknapp.
"I've never seen them play but all reports indicate they are a difficult side and we will need to be in good form.
"These UEFA Cup matches are giving us a heavy schedule and I don't like the group system because of that. I think it should be all knock-out matches over two legs with the best team going through like the old European Cup.
"Even so I'd like to get through the group stage and although there are some really top sides in the competition we've got the players to give anybody problems."