Harry not hankering after Upson
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has ruled out a January move for
Matthew Upson and insists he is not looking to sell striker Roman
Russia international Pavlyuchenko has made no secret of his
desire to leave White Hart Lane after finding himself fourth in the
pecking order behind Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane.
White Hart Lane boss Redknapp still rates the
£13.8million signing from Spartak Moscow as an important
member of his squad, but concedes he could listen to offers for his
Redknapp said: “If he wants to leave and someone comes in and
pays the money for him that he’s worth, then we’d have to look at
“But he’s not one that I’m crazy to shift out of here, he’s a
good player, he’s a talented footballer.
“I had a chat with him a couple of weeks ago and he said he
wanted to move.
“Somebody has to come and make an offer which the club
accepts, it has to be a good enough offer for us to even look at it
otherwise there is no chance of him leaving.”
Spurs have also been linked with a transfer window swoop for
England international Upson, with West Ham facing a battle to keep
their key men. But the former Hammers boss has brushed aside
suggestions he could be set to raid his former club and has no
plans to do any significant business.
Redknapp insisted: “There is no truth whatsoever in that.
“He (Upson) is a terrific player, but it’s not fair, we keep
getting linked with players and we’re really not looking to do
anything in the window. I’d be very surprised if we do anything.
“He is a good player, but I don’t need another central
defender, I’ve already got good centre-halves at the club.”
Redknapp was also quick to dismiss suggestions that he could
be planning to head back to Portsmouth to bring in veteran
goalkeeper David James. He added: “David James is a great
goalkeeper, a fantastic goalkeeper, world class, but I’ve got a
great goalkeeper here.
“David James is not going to want to be a No 2 anywhere, he
is a No 1. (Heurelho) Gomes is fantastic and has been in great
“If David James wants to play for England at the World Cup he
needs to play, not be a No 2, so that is not a possiblity.”