Jermain Defoe shares the most Harry Redknapp story ever 3 years ago

Jermain Defoe shares the most Harry Redknapp story ever

Defoe opened up about his deadline day move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008

Oh, Harry Redknapp. The game is less colourful for your absence.


In 2008, Redknapp signed Jermain Defoe for Portsmouth from Tottenham. It would only be short stay – Defoe would follow Redknapp back to North London just a year later.

In typical Harry fashion, his move to the South Coast was rushed through at the last minute. The now-Bournemouth striker spoke about the transfer at a press conference and revealed the more Harry Redknapp-ever detail about the move.

He told a journalist: “When I went to Portsmouth, …it was deadline day. Benjani went to Man City, I went to Portsmouth with Harry.

“I was at my mum’s house, and I had to rush to Portsmouth.

“Harry was like ‘Don’t worry about the medical… You’re fit, just sign’.”

“Because he knew me when I was a kid, so he just said ‘ Come on JD, you just gotta get down and score goals, you don’t need a medical. You’re young, you’re fit’.”


Oh dear, Harry.