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By ESPN Staff
Jul 12, 2006

Redknapp on search after treble knock-back

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is determined to continue his pursuit of new signings despite receiving a triple transfer blow in less than 24 hours.

Redknapp has seen two bids for Real Betis winger Edu rejected, been knocked back by PSV striker Jefferson Farfan and refused permission to speak to Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure.

Peru international Farfan has elected to stay in Holland despite the clubs agreeing a £10million fee and Toure's agent Dimitri Sheluk has revealed the player will only leave Olympiacos for a Champions League club.

The Pompey boss will now switch his attention to completing a season-long loan for Fenerbahce striker Nicolas Anelka and a £4million move for Celtic midfielder Stilian Petrov.

Redknapp is finding it increasingly difficult to tempt big-name signings to Fratton Park as he looks to spend co-owner Alexandre `Sacha' Gaydamak's millions.

He said: 'We have to try to convince players of the potential that is here. This club is in a great state and has an exciting future ahead of it.

'There are some excellent players here, Sacha has big ambition for the club and the stadium is on the way.

'It is not easy convincing people to come to a club that has been struggling. Players look at last season's league table and see we finished fourth from bottom and that puts them off.

'We are looking around but it is very difficult to find players and we need to improve the squad.

'We cannot afford to get in the situation we were in last season. We need to get one or two in and then more should follow but there is plenty of time and we can afford to be patient.'

Pompey have been busy adding to their backroom staff following the departure of former assistant boss Kevin Bond to Newcastle.

Former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams has filled that vacancy and Israeli Avram Grant has joined the club as technical director.

Redknapp added: 'Losing Kevin Bond was a blow but getting Tony in was a big signing for me.

'He is somebody who I always admired in the game and it is a great opportunity for him to get back into football.

'Avram has also come in. He has got a good knowledge of the game and of foreign players.

'We could have called him anything, what is in a name? If I did not want him he would not be here.'