Pompey willing to pay £2m for Haynes

DANNY Haynes could be on his way to FA Cup winners Portsmouth this summer.Pompey boss Harry Redknapp is understood to be willing to pay £2m for the Ipswich Town forward with other add-ons depending on appearances, goals and international call ups.

Derek Davis

DANNY Haynes could be on his way to FA Cup winners Portsmouth this summer.

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp is understood to be willing to pay £2m for the Ipswich Town forward with other add-ons depending on appearances, goals and international call ups.

Redknapp sees the 20-year speedster as an impact player who he can use late in Premier League and UEFA Cup matches next season and has been tracking him for some time.


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Although Haynes signed an extension to his Ipswich Town contract earlier this year he has made no secret of his ambition to play in the top-flight and could be tempted to make the switch but not until after his summer break.

West Ham, Everton and Wigan are also among the Premier League suitors who have had him watched.

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Haynes said: “It is nice to know Premier League clubs are interested in you because it means you are doing something right.

“I would love to play at that level one day, any player would, but I am not thinking about anything until I come back from holiday.

“It was disappointing that we (Ipswich) missed out on the play-offs especially because we had taken it down to the final day.

“Next season hopefully the squad will be a little bit more experienced and if we can sort the away form then we will be in with a chance.”

Redknapp was impressed with Haynes after watching him first hand in Portsmouth's third round 1-0 win at Ipswich on the road to becoming FA Cup winners.

Pompey are understood to have first asked Ipswich about his availability when Town were keen on taking David Nugent on loan but were told they would not consider a move until the summer at the earliest as they wanted both for their play-off challenge.

Haynes was a surprise inclusion in a Friends of Kanu side that lost to a Pompey XI in a charity match at Fratton Park on Monday, managed by Portsmouth coaches Tony Adams and Joe Jordan.

Haynes scored the first goal in the 8-6 loss and later admitted he did not know Kanu personally and had been invited to take part by 'a friend of a friend'.

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