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Redknapp: Landing Defoe key for Portsmouth future

Portsmouth's future will be built around England striker Jermain Defoe, admits manager Harry Redknapp.

"Jermain was the key for me really," said Redknapp. "We tried last year to get him in. We chased him for quite a while but they wouldn't let him go. Eventually, though, we managed to get him.

"When we spoke to him he was keen to come. He's close to Jamo, Sol, Glen Johnson and a few of the other lads which helped.

"So in the end he was up for the move."

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