Tax authorities to grill Redknapp over payments from Portsmouth

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Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, faces another interview from officers from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs this week in an ongoing investigation into his financial affairs.

Redknapp, 62, is likely to be invited with his lawyers to attend a meeting which could bring an end to the two-year investigation launched by the City of London Police. Redknapp has strongly denied any wrongdoing. The investigation centres on his time at Portsmouth, and has also included the club's chief executive Peter Storrie and former owner Milan Mandaric.

The line of investigation is focused on tax issues, after the Crown Prosecution Service handed its files to HMRC earlier this year. On Friday Mandaric was interviewed by police when he answered his bail. In November 2007, Redknapp was arrested at his home, but no charges have been brought against them. One of the transfers under investigation was the sale of Peter Crouch from Portsmouth to Aston Villa in March 2002 for £5m. There are no suggestions that Mandaric, Storrie or Redknapp were guilty of any wrongdoing over the payment.

Redknapp received a sum of around £100,000. He said: "I got a percentage of sell-on [fees] in my contract if I sold a player. The club paid me five per cent [for Crouch]. I went to Milan because I had signed a new contract that said five per cent but I said, 'No, when I signed Crouch it was 10 per cent, so I want 10 per cent' and Milan said, 'OK.'"

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