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Defoe in line for Wembley redemption

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Jermain Defoe could put last season's Wembley misery behind him if he moves back to White Hart Lane from Portsmouth this month - but Tottenham have to do their part against Burnley first.

Harry Redknapp's men face their Coca-Cola Championship opponents on Tuesday night in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg, the trophy Spurs won less than a month after Defoe left them for Fratton Park.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie are negotiating a deal, with Redknapp insisting he has not unsettled Defoe or any other player, saying: "It's their choice to say he is not for sale. I wouldn't have sold him if I was manager at Portsmouth and Tottenham came back in, I'd be keeping him."

Another Redknapp target who wants to leave his current club is winger Stewart Downing, who has had a transfer request rejected by Middlesbrough.

"It's the same (with Downing), I wouldn't sell him if I didn't want to," Redknapp said.

"If they want to leave, they have their reasons. If Defoe has got reasons why he wants to come back to Tottenham, fine."

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