Redknapp rejects £12m Monaco bid for Kranjcar

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp yesterday claimed the club had rejected a bid of £12m from Monaco for midfielder Niko Kranjcar.

Redknapp, who is still hoping to add at least two new signings to his squad before the start of the season, with Chelsea's £10m-rated Shaun Wright-Phillips and Reading's Nicky Shorey at the top of his wanted list, knows he may have to raise funds to complete the deals. However he insisted that the Croatian international was not one of the players he is willing to sell.

"Monaco have come in for Niko and offered around £12m for him," Redknapp revealed. "We wouldn't sell and he didn't want to go anyway so that was the end of that one. No disrespect but why would he want to go there anyway? They get 6,000 people watching them. You go there on a weekend and it's a unique experience, people aren't interested in the football. They all go out on the Saturday night and get dressed up for dinner, not to watch football."

Nevertheless, and despite his colourful dismissal of the French club, Redknapp's resolve to hang on to the 23-year-old may be tested further – especially as Kranjcar has made it clear he wants to play for a team in the Champions League. It is also interesting that Redknapp has made the bid public – as it may provide an indication that he wants to create a market for the player although it is also clear that he would prefer to sell John Utaka or David Nugent.

Roma are certainly interested in Kranjcar while rumours persist that other high-profile clubs may be preparing bids for a player who excelled at the European Championship. He joined Portsmouth for £3.5m from Rennes two years ago.

Portsmouth became involved in a dialogue with Monaco after making an inquiry about their midfielder Jeremy Munoz. However they have balked at the £9m asking price for the 21-year-old while Monaco have turned their attentions to American midfielder Michael Bradley, who plays for Dutch club Heerenveen.

Redknapp also dismissed suggestions that he may be willing to sell Sulley Muntari, claiming Juventus' alleged interest was "just paper talk". "We haven't spoken to anybody and I don't want to sell Sulley anyway," Redknapp said. "He's a top player – so is Niko. They are good young players, we don't have to let anyone leave and we definitely don't want to. They're going nowhere, nowhere at all."

However he is looking to strengthen his squad. No bid, as yet, has been made for Wright-Phillips but Portsmouth are planning to make an offer even if they are concerned as to how they can cover his wage demands. Reading have made it clear they will accept £3m for Shorey who has one year left on his contract and wants to leave. Portsmouth are also trying to construct a deal to take Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul even if that may have to be initially on loan, although Spurs would prefer a straight sale.

News
A 1930 image of the Karl Albrecht Spiritousen and Lebensmittel shop, Essen. The shop was opened by Karl and Theo Albrecht’s mother; the brothers later founded Aldi
people
Arts and Entertainment
Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'
filmA cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Arts and Entertainment
Flora Spencer-Longhurst as Lavinia, William Houston as Titus Andronicus and Dyfan Dwyfor as Lucius
theatreThe Shakespeare play that proved too much for more than 100 people
News
exclusivePunk icon Viv Albertine on Sid Vicious, complacent white men, and why free love led to rape
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Stir crazy: Noel Fielding in 'Luxury Comedy 2: Tales from Painted Hawaii'
comedyAs ‘Luxury Comedy’ returns, Noel Fielding on why mainstream success scares him and what the future holds for 'The Boosh'
Life and Style
Flow chart: Karl Landsteiner discovered blood types in 1900, yet scientists have still not come up with an explanation for their existence
lifeAll of us have one. Yet even now, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Arts and Entertainment
'Weird Al' Yankovic, or Alfred Matthew, at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival Screening of
musicHis latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do our experts think he’s missed out?
Sport
Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates one of his goals during the FIFA World Cup 2014 round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
sportColombian World Cup star completes £63m move to Spain
Travel
Fair trade: the idea of honesty boxes relies on people paying their way
travelIt seems fraught with financial risk, but the policy has its benefits
Arts and Entertainment
booksThe best children's books for this summer
Life and Style
News to me: family events were recorded in the personal columns
techFamily events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped that
News
news
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary