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Portsmouth boss Redknapp targets Europe

Portsmouth boss Harry Redkapp is confident his side can reach the UEFA Cup this season if they can improve on last term's measly goals tally.

Pompey managed just 45, bitterly disappointing for a manager who is convinced just a little more penetration would have earned a place in the top six.

He said: "There are still some key areas under question and the biggest one is whether we can weigh in with enough goals.

"We've brought in Sylvain Distin and Muntari, who look fantastic. We are strong defensively but there are question marks over our front players and, apart from Matt Taylor, we got only a handful of goals from midfield. So that's another area to look at.

"We are asking can (Lomana) LuaLua get more than just the two he scored last year, can Benjani (Mwaruwari) get more than his six? Can Nugent step up and score goals in the top league? All vital questions.

"We've spent big money but then nearly everybody has. I've kept saying the Premier League is going to be the toughest ever and it is true.

"We hope Kanu can get another 12 goals like last year and we hope we can keep everybody fit but we may not have the element of surprise that helped a great start last time.

"Managers travel around now watching players all over. They've seen Muntari, seen Utaka - in fact you only had to go to Brentford this year where Ghana and Nigeria played to do that. And everybody saw Muntari do so well at the World Cup.

"He's got a big future. He's strong, young, puts his foot in and can pass it. He's got a good strike on him, too."

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