Redknapp rubbishes Kanu Oz link

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has described reports that Nigerian playmaker Nwankwo Kanu is set to join new Australian club Gold Coast Galaxy as "cobblers."

Redknapp believes Kanu would rather extend his contract at Fratton Park than move Down Under. "If he wants to go I wouldn't stand in Kanu's way," Redknapp said. "You don't want unhappy players and I've never tried to keep them here.

"But I think talk of Australia is just a lot of cobblers, though. I think he wants to stay here. The lad seems to be happy and I don't want him to go anywhere. He has been terrific for me. He is out of contract at the end of the season but I want him to stay here - and I think he wants to stay."

Kanu will be automatically entitled to a further year at Portsmouth if he makes 20 first-team appearances this season. He is already on 18 and looks set to lead the attack in the FA Cup fifth round tie at Preston on Sunday.

New signing Jermain Defoe is cup-tied and former Preston striker David Nugent is recovering from a hernia operation, leaving on-loan Milan Baros as Kanu's likely partner up front.