Newcastle United are reported to have made an official approach for Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth club have immediately rejected it. However Harry has reportedly told friends he is ready to accept the offer from Newcastle, which is huge.
Harry Redknapp – has told friends he will accept Newcastle’s offer
Portsmouth are however very keen to extract the maximum compensation for the loss of their 60-year-old manager. That’s not too surprising as it comes at a terrible time for the south coast club. Right in the middle of the January transfer window where a lot of work and business goes on. Redknapp has apparently been agonizing over the decision for the past 48 hours, but has now decided to leave Portsmouth.
Itâ€™s being reported in the Daily Mail that Harry has already told friends he will accept the “biggest challenge” of his life, as he attempts to take Newcastle United back to greatness.
Compensation for Portsmouth appears to be the main stumbling block to resolve, before Redknapp takes over from Sam Allardyce. Portsmouth chairman, Alex Gaydamark, wants at least Â£1.5million before the former West Ham manager is unveiled next week. Ashley wants Harry in place before the Stoke City FA Cup replay next Wednesday.
As we reported earlier today, Redknapp will get a Â£5M/year deal, which is five times his current wage package at Fratton Park – and he will also be allowed to commute from his Sandbanks home in Poole, Dorset. The news coming from the Daily Mail is that Ashley is even prepared to lend his new manager his own private jet for the commute.
Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has already been asked to replace Redknapp, who has led Portsmouth to eighth in the Premier League. Of course Mike Ashley is currently on business in Hong Kong, but has still been able to get the deal sorted out for Harry, obviously with the help ofÂ hard-working Newcastle Chairman, Chris Mort.
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