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Lauren expects more Pompey departures

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Portsmouth defender Lauren reckons England internationals Jermain Defoe and Glen Johnson could follow Real Madrid-bound Lassana Diarra out of Fratton Park and rejoin former manager Harry Redknapp at Tottenham in January.

Lauren believes the Portsmouth team that won last season's FA Cup is being "dismantled" and he thinks former Pompey boss Redknapp is waiting to take full advantage by signing Defoe and Johnson.

He told Spanish newspaper AS: "The team is being dismantled and the big teams are coming in. Not only is it Diarra, there is Defoe, who could return to Tottenham, to whom Glen Johnson is also going to go. The economic situation is very bad, we are already aware of this."

He added: "Look at the signings that were made in the last two years. They brought me, (Sol) Campbell, Kanu, (Peter) Crouch, Defoe, (Pedro) Mendes, who has already gone to Rangers. Of these, the great majority are going to go."

Lauren also lists himself among the players who are possibly on their way out, adding: "Me as well. In January. It's Turkey or Greece."

Defoe played under Redknapp at West Ham and joined Portsmouth from Spurs last January for a fee reportedly in the region of £7.5million, while Johnson also learned his trade at the Hammers before joining Chelsea in 2003.

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