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​Boss Redknapp disappointed as Birmingham target Terry joins city rivals Villa

Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp is targeting "five or six" new players, after Aston Villa completed the signing of John Terry.

"We made John a fantastic offer," Redknapp told Sky Sports News HQ. "I'd be a liar, if suddenly when he's gone to our rivals, I stood here and said we didn't want him.

"That's not true - I have been one of John's biggest fans, I think he is a fantastic player. We made him a good offer early but to be honest it was always a difficult one because I felt maybe I am looking to bring in five or six players."

"To put all my eggs in one basket was (a risk), I thought maybe I am better off spreading (my budget) and that will get me the five or six players perhaps with the money we would have paid on John," he added.

"Having said that, I would be a hypocrite if I stood here and said he wasn't a top player. Aston Villa have signed a fantastic player - there is no doubt about that.

"But I am hoping I will get five or six players very good players in who can make us a better all-round team."

He added: "It's John's decision and I respect whatever decision John made," Redknapp said. "As I say, I have always been a fan of his.

"He has been an outstanding player for many years and a great captain."

Ian Ferris
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