Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is once again looking to his old club Portsmouth this January, with the ‘wheeler-dealer’ interested in the unsettled Nadir Belhadj according to The Daily Mail. Redknapp signed Belhadj for the south-coast club in December 2008 from French club RC Lens for a fee of €4.5 million and is keen on bringing the out-of-favour full back to White Hart Lane.
It is likely that little will stand in Redknapp’s way if Spurs are to make a move for the Algerian, given the well documented financial problems of Portsmouth and Belhadj’s readiness to leave Fratton Park. Belhadj has made 38 appearances for the relegation threatened side since 2008, and has scored 3 goals in the process. The Algerian earned his first start for some time this weekend against Liverpool and produced an excellent performance, taming ex-Pompey crowd favourite Glen Johnson and scoring a stunning right-footed volley in the process. Although keen to move, there is the chance that the prospect of first team football and a run in Avram Grants’ side could convince the full back to stay at Fratton Park.
It is likely that Belhadj will play a similar role of back-up if he makes the switch to White Hart Lane and therefore it may not be a worthwhile move for the Algerian. Portsmouth will however, be keeping their eyes peeled as both Blackburn and Everton are also reported to be keeping tabs on the player.
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