Pompey will resist player approaches

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Portsmouth are bracing themselves to fight off the threat of a raft of top players joining former manager Harry Redknapp at Tottenham in the January transfer window.

But it is suspected in many quarters that Pompey's owner Alexandre Gaydamak - who only last month said he would consider serious alternative investment in the club - no longer has the financial muscle to repel serious bids for some of the stars who helped them win the FA Cup in May and qualify for Europe for the first time.

Storrie said: "I accept that many players did come here mostly because of Harry but that sort of thing also exists at other clubs. I don't know what is going to happen in the future because Harry's going is still a big shock."

He added: "It is something we did everything in our power to prevent but in the end the lure of Tottenham was too much for him to resist.

"I've known him 14 years at West Ham and here and I know that he also wanted to manage a top club - in terms of great stadium and fantastic history - and I have to respect that as the reason why he's gone.

"We have to make it clear that it is Harry's choice to go and we have not done this for the money.

"Whatever Spurs give us as compensation is set in stone in the Premier League contract rules as either a fixed sum or whatever is left on a manager's contract."

Redknapp's late-night departure left Pompey little time to reorganise ahead of Sunday's visit of Fulham but with assistant manager Tony Adams and coach Joe Jordan in joint caretaker charge, Peter Crouch looked like being the hero.

He fired Pompey ahead from Jermain Defoe's pass just after the hour only for Fulham substitute Clint Dempsey to grab an 87th-minute equaliser for Roy Hodgson's battling team and stop their hosts climbing to sixth in the Premier League.

But Crouch said: "We were worth a win and our performance showed we are still up for the fight despite Harry going. Whoever comes in now has got a useful squad of players and the aim must be to carry on just like we have under the previous manager."

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