Redknapp: Campbell, James signings transformed Portsmouth

Harry Redknapp says Portsmouth were on the way up as soon as he welcomed Sol Campbell and David James to the club.

He told the Daily Mail: "The moment Sol walked in the door here, it was a statement. The man has presence. I chased him, (chief executive) Peter Storrie did the deal. We knew he was such a big player to bring here.

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"Linvoy Primus played alongside him last year and said to me: 'I never thought that I would get to play with someone as good as Sol'.

"And David James? People were warning me off him. I thought he was the best out there. He has something about him, real professionalism. And quality. I knew if I could sign him to play behind Sol, we would never have to worry about relegation again.

"He's fantastic. Incredible. I've never seen anyone in my life train like him. He's a lunatic. You can't get him off the training ground. Last Friday, before the Aston Villa game, the pitch was ankle deep in mud and I wanted them in. He insisted on having his silly shooting game, where they have to try to score against him. It lasted 45 minutes.

"Remember, my first time here, I started with a team who had finished fourth from bottom in the Championship for the two previous years.

"With the support of the owner, we have continued to make advances. Now we have a team who could give anyone a game. Anyone."

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