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Top 5 Harry Redknapp Signings

Harry RedknappHarry Redknapp is known as a bit of a wheeler dealer, scouring the football bargain bins for days. He is so good at finding bargains he takes half of January off to play the Wii with son Jamie. It is also reported Redknapp once sold ice to Eskimos, but this hasn’t been confirmed but Mr. Redknapp’s representatives. But after a plethora of successful transfer coups, who are the top 5 Harry 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. He is now a regular with France and is integral to Real Madrid, but lest we not forget, he was well on the way to becoming a journeyman footballer before Harry gave him his chance at the south coast club.

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. His main traits are his vision, close control, range of passing, set piece prowess and his superb technique. Harry then pounced again and Niko was brought in to replace the injured Luca Modric at Spurs, he could prove to be the signing of the season at a mere £2.5 million.

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. De Zeeuw is considered by many to be an excellent example of professionalism in the modern game. He refused to retaliate after Bolton’s El Hadji Diouf spat in his face during a match at the Reebok Stadium in November 2004. He also received praise in 2005 from UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. A bargain and wonderful professional.

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.

Who do think are the best signings Harry Redknapp has made in his career? Do you agree with the top five? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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  1. David

    May 23, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Where are you guys getting your facts from? Investigative journalism isn’t difficult you know, all it requires is that you actually research before writing the article.

    Diarra was signed by ARSENAL for £2million, sold 4 months later to Pompey for £7m, then sold to Real Mad 6 months later for £20m…..the majority of which went to Arsenal due to a sell on clause.

    Doesn’t sound like such wonderful business now does it?!

    It’s also worth noting that the squinty ones best deals have involved paying peanuts to the club he helped run into the ground with his fellow barrow boy Peter Storie.

  2. Jean-Christian

    February 8, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Harry Redknapp’s Top 5 Signings:

    #1 – Portsmouth FC

  3. pd

    February 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Harry’s greatest deal was the 1m he paid for Marco Boogers. The Dutch caravan-dweller whose sole start for the club ended after 15 minutes when was sent off for attempting to cut Gary Neville in half. Harry later sagely observed: “You can’t get f**k-all for a million nowadays.”

  4. pd

    February 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    don’t forget Dani. Which produced one of Droopy Dogs most famous quotes “My missus fancies him. Even I don’t know whether to play him or f**k him.”

  5. Mike

    February 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Where’s Defoe? every time Redknapp grabs him he lights it up.

  6. maw4bc

    February 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm


    Source: Fox Soccer Channel to be broadcast in HD starting this Wed on DirecTV/DISH. Cable systems? Not yet.

    • sanjose

      February 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      I hope that is true, that would be good news about DirecTV. Dish was expected but not DirecTV.

      I am with Comcast and I would consider switching to DirecTV if they truly have FSC HD as you claim. I will wait for an official announcement.

      It was really frustrating watching Chelsea-Arsenal in SD this weekend while at the same time Comcast was giving me 2 women’s NCAAB games in HD, as well as Golf Lessons, Deer Hunting, Snowboarding, and Polish motorcycle racing all in HD. So ridiculous the current state of affairs. How the hell is soccer losing out to deer hunting and polish motorcycle racing?!?!?!?!

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