Tottenham and Portsmouth are going head-to-head for free agent Stephen Appiah.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp faces a battle with ex-club Portsmouth for the signature of Fenerbache's Ghanaian international midfielder Appiah, 27, who has secured an early contract release and is a free agent.

Pompey want the former Juventus ace to replace Lassana Diarra, who has joined Real Madrid.