We don't have to sell - Redknapp

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Harry Redknapp insisted his club have "fantastic assets on the pitch" after Portsmouth denied they are up for sale due to massive debts.

Jermain Defoe scored a 34th-minute penalty and Peter Crouch was also on target as Pompey claimed a 2-0 victory over hapless Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.

It had been reported Pompey owner Alexandre Gaydamak was set to sell after accruing large debts by paying huge wages to players, but Redknapp said: "Show me any club that is not up for sale if they are offered fantastic money. I bet every club has a price on it. Nobody is making millions."

He added: "But we have fantastic assets out on the pitch. And I spoke to the owner and he said we don't have to sell anybody or anything, unless we want to bring in somebody better.

"I wouldn't have a clue how much players here earn or what contracts they've got. It's not my job to know. All that is done by (chief executive) Peter Storrie and the owner.

"But I could have sold (Lassana) Diarra for £15million on transfer deadline day and didn't do it. I'm not saying who made that bid because he might want to go there if he found out. He's worth more than that.

"But I also sold Benjani (Mwaruwari), who I love, last season because we wanted to get Defoe, who is younger. And I'm delighted Spurs sold him to me. We needed him and it was nice to see him score again. He's been very sharp."

Spurs looked far from sharp at Fratton Park and there must now be a massive question mark over the future of manager Juande Ramos at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham are bottom of the table with just two points from six games and it is clear the fans are losing patience with the Spaniard.

But the Spurs boss insisted he does not think his job is under threat, saying: "I speak with the chairman regularly and everybody is aware of our delicate position but we have to work hard together to change it."

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