Redknapp: I rejected Arsenal legend Wright at Bournemouth

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has revealed how he turned down the chance to sign Arsenal legend Ian Wright for Bournemouth.

Redknapp recalled to the Daily Mail: "I remember one Bank Holiday Monday and my wife, Sandra, fancied a day out together. So I told her I was going to Nuneaton to watch a centre forward called Carl Richards, a big, handsome boy who looked like Carl Lewis - and ran like him. I called him over after the game. He had never heard of me, but I told him I would sign him, offered him £220-a-week and then went to see his manager to do the deal with Enfield.

"While I was waiting, Carl's mate came up to me and said, 'Don't sign him, sign me. I'm a much better player'. I signed Carl, ignored the other bloke. His mate was Ian Wright... "

Redknapp added: "Carl Richards was brilliant, Bournemouth won promotion and we sold him for £80,000 the following season to Birmingham. There are a million stories like that, but that's what I love about the transfer market."

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