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By ESPN Staff

Harry hoping for transfer to speed-up Pompey

Harry Redknapp is ready to open negotiations with Portsmouth owner Alexandre Gaydamak over his transfer plans for January.

The Pompey boss is desperate to add more more attacking pace into his team.

Although he has David Thompson, Matthew Taylor and on-loan Cameroon winger Roudolphe Douala all capable of playing on the flanks, Redknapp has made a new wide player in midfield a priority.

He said: 'I will identify a couple of names and take them to the owner, 'Sacha' Gaydamak. And if we can do the deals, we will. But I haven't got any names yet.

'My priority is a wide player with pace who can go past people. We have not got anyone with that kind of penetration. I need another defender - possibly a centre-half or a left-back.

'There a few names of players in France that have been put to me. A front man is a possibility. I'm happy with the four lads I've got if they are all fit. But they are not all fit at the moment.'

Senegal midfielder Khalilou Fadiga, released by Bolton, could soon sign for Pompey after training at the club in recent weeks.

But skipper Dejan Stefanovic is out for three months after a knee operation while strikers Andrew Cole (Achilles) and Lomana LuaLua (thigh) are other long-term casualties.

Portsmouth may also be forced to decide in January whether they are going to sign Portuguese midfielder Manuel Fernandes - currently on loan from Benfica - for a club-record £7million.

Redknapp signed nine new players with the help of Gaydamak's considerable financial backing last January.

He has spent just under £5million in fees recruiting David James, Niko Kranjcar, Sol Campbell, Thompson, Glen Johnson and Cole but there has been a massive rise in players' wages at Fratton Park this season.