Redknapp: Smith good value
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Redknapp feels Alan Smith would be a 'good value' signing for Portsmouth.Harry Redknapp feels Alan Smith would be a 'good value' signing for Portsmouth, but would be 'surprised' if he completes a deal for Fredi Kanoute.
Smith is waiting to learn if he figures in Sir Alex Ferguson's plans at Manchester United next season and has been linked with several Premier League clubs.
The likes of Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Sunderland have all been tipped to make a £7million bid for the England international.
Portsmouth are also an option and Redknapp feels a deal for the former Leeds United striker would represent value for money.
"It's not my money, but it is my reputation," Redknapp told the News.
"Alan Smith is good value at the money they are talking about. He was in the last England team and is proven. But the money they are talking about for other forwards are ridiculous.
"We've got to where we are without going over the top, so I will not pay over the odds and throw away the chairman's money."
Redknapp is also interested in Sevilla forward Kanoute, who he brought to England seven years ago when in charge of West Ham United.
Regarding the likelihood of a deal for the 29-year-old, Redknapp cast doubt on the chances of Kanoute ending up at Fratton Park.
He added: "I don't have to watch Fredi Kanoute to know how good he is. He's a top player, but the money they are asking for is a lot.
"I don't know if he's worth £7m. You have to take into account his age and everything else.
"He's the second top goalscorer in Spain and is a real handful. It's so difficult not to be put off by the money though.
"To be honest I'd be surprised if it happened."