Harry Redknapp is known as a bit of a wheeler dealer, he is so good at finding bargains he takes half of January off to play the Wii with son Jamie. But after a plethora of successful transfers, who are the top 5 Redknapp transfer dealings?
5. Lassana Diarra
Only with Portsmouth for a short period but was instrumental in the famous F.A. Cup win, after indifferent spells at Chelsea then Arsenal, the £2 million signing dominated the midfield before earning himself a £20m move to Real Madrid. For a profit like that Harry has to be commended.
4. Niko Kranjcar
Harry paid £3 million for the Croatian twice, once for Portsmouth and once for Tottenham. He was key in Portsmouth’s 2008 F.A. Cup win and an immense creative force for Pompey during his time there. Brought into replace the injured Luca Modric at Spurs, he could prove to be the signing of the season.
3. Arjan de Zeeuw
Signed for Portsmouth on a free transfer in 2002 from Wigan, the centre-back helped the club to promotion, won the club’s Player of the Year award in their maiden Premier League season and was eventually appointed captain for his rock-solid performances. A bargain.
2. David James
Another signing for Portsmouth, he cost £1.2m from Manchester City, the England goalkeeper’s impact was immense on the south coast club, he has become even more important given the its turbulence, Removed the tag ‘Calamity James’ from our repertoire, and instead replaced it with a reputation for earning Pompey many a valuable points with his athletic saves and command of his penalty area.
1. Paolo Di Canio
He signed for West Ham in January 1999 for just £1.7m from Sheffield Wednesday and helped the Hammers to a 5th-place finish, which qualified them for the following season’s UEFA Cup. His goals, his performances and his attitude enthralled the Upton Park faithful for four years. A gift signed, sealed and delivered by Mr. Harry Redknapp.