After their 1-1 draw with Chelsea, Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp admitted they hoped to still sell Benjani Mwaruwari to Manchester City.

"I feel he (Benjani) is the biggest loser in all this but hopefully it will be resolved in the next few days," said Redknapp. "I don't even know the fee we'll get for him going and I never really wanted to lose him.

"But these are the kind of things you have to do if you want to buy a player like Defoe and still balance the books.

"You'll never meet a nicer boy than Benjani and he gave everything for the club. I really feel for him after what's happened."