Football in brief: Redknapp has no regrets over Bent sale

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Tottenham Hotspur: Manager Harry Redknapp has insisted he made the right decision to sell Darren Bent to Sunderland, as he prepares to face the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light this afternoon.

The England striker has scored 21 goals for his new club this season after departing White Hart Lane for £10m last summer, but Redknapp believes the club remain well stocked in the striking department. "Darren's had a terrific season," Redknapp said. "It's been a great move for him and it's done him the world of good. But it was time for him to move. It wasn't only me, before I came he wasn't playing regularly. My strikers have done well as well."

Spurs welcome back Jermain Defoe for today's match after the striker missed three matches with a hamstring injury.

Allardyce eager for Pedersen to sign

Blackburn Rovers: Manager Sam Allardyce is confident midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen will sign a new deal at Ewood Park. The 28-year-old's current contract expires in the summer and Allardyce has urged the Norwegian to put pen to paper. "Morten has suggested he wants to stay," Allardyce said, "If that's the case, get it done and dusted – don't leave the door ajar for somebody to step in."

Pedersen has spent six years at the club, playing 235 games and scoring 38 goals, and Allardyce is wary of interest from other clubs. "I'm not bothered how it's done, just as long as it's done as quickly as possible." Rovers travel to Portsmouth this afternoon looking to cement their place in the top half of the table.

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