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Harry Redknapp claims Nigeria’s Kanu was one of his best-ever signings
Harry Redknapp spoke of his time with legendary Nigerian footballer Nwankwo Kanu while the duo were together at Portsmouth.
Redknapp praised Kanu, stated he was one of his best signing of his managerial career alongside Paolo Di Canio.
The former Tottenham Hotspur boss, who was short of a striker four days before the transfer window shut in 2006, phoned up Nwankwo Kanu after he was released from West Bromwich Albion.
“I called him up and asked him what he was up to, I always wondered what he had done ever since he left West Brom,” the 68 year-old manager recalled in the presence of KingFut reporter.
“I asked him if he was fit to play and to this he replied saying: “Yes, I just had a run around the park two weeks ago, so I gave him the address and asked him to come down to training.”
After signing a contract with the club, the Nigerian’s debut was up against Blackburn.
Redknapp had decided against playing him from the start and rather use him in the second half as he knew he wasn’t going to be able to last for 90 minutes.
“I didn’t play him until the second half when we were 1-0 up. My assistants were against me playing him and were worried but I trusted the lad, he went on to score twice and missed a penalty for his hat-trick,” Redknapp, who had seen his risk be rewarded at the moment said.
“The most common thing I’d get from Kanu was a message every Monday morning with the exact same, that at some points it felt pre-recorded,” Redknapp added.
“Boss, the King cannot come into training. I have an upset stomach,” Harry laughed away.
Kanu went on to play 141 games for Portsmouth scoring 20 goals on his six seasons for the club before hanging up his boots.