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By ESPN Staff
Aug 9, 2006

Harry plans more spending despite Sol capture

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is set to push through at least two more transfer deals ahead of the new season after Sol Campbell's move to Fratton Park was confirmed.

And Redknapp believes the arrival of the former Tottenham, Arsenal and England defender, 31, will finally accelerate his proposed Pompey revolution.

Having signed only Glen Johnson on loan from Chelsea and midfielder David Thompson on a free transfer from Wigan, Redknapp feared he might be in for another season of scrapping for Premiership survival as a string of big names turned him down.

Armed with a £30million-plus war chest from new owner Sacha Gaydamak, Redknapp made big-money bids for Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, Aston Villa's Gareth Barry, Celtic's Stilian Petrov and West Brom's Curtis Davies. All came to grief.

But the Pompey boss feels Campbell's signing could spark a few more - with Manchester City goalkeeper David James looking favourite to be the next arrival at Fratton Park.

Redknapp is ready to offer him a three-year contract at the age of 36 and calls him 'the best keeper in the country.'

Redknapp is in the market for a goalkeeper after his number two Jamie Ashdown was ruled out for six weeks with a broken thumb but first must negotiate a deal with City that could cost up to £2million.

He is also interested in Nwankwo Kanu, the Nigerian striker freed by West Brom at the end of last season and Ghana's World Cup Sulley Muntari who is also said to be attracting Juventus.

And other possibilities are City's French centre half Sylvain Distin and Blackburn's New Zealand defender Ryan Nelsen - both of whom have been the subject of Redknapp bids.

Meanwhile, though, Campbell's decision to join Pompey rather than try his luck abroad after Arsenal agreed to pay up his £80,000-a-week has delighted Redknapp who said: 'I told him it (Portsmouth) is a club going places, a good club to come to.

'It's a very ambitious club now. We are going to keep moving forward and he can be part of something very exciting.'

Campbell, 31, had his first training session with Portsmouth yesterday before signing a two-year deal and Redknapp said: 'I think he'll give the place a real lift.

'He's a top, top player, a big character and I think he's a great signing for us.'

On other prospective signings Redknapp said: 'I'm not sure yet, I've got a few options. We want to get one or two in before next week.

'We're close to a few signings. The owners have been fantastic and have given us great support. It has been hard to find the right targets but hopefully we can come up with them now. We're close to one or two.'