posted on May, 29 2004 @ 03:59 AM
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is desperate to keep Nigerian hot shot Yakubu Aiyegbeni as the club close in on a transfer agreement with Maccabi
Pompey have been haggling with the Israeli side in a bid to ensure they obtain full rights to Aiyegbeni, who has attracted the interest of Premiership
The South Coast club's chief executive Peter Storrie has spent two days in Israel this week attempting to reach an accord with Maccabi.
Maccabi are understood to be entitled to 50 percent of any future transfer fee under the terms of the deal which took Aiyegbeni to Fratton Park on a
permanent basis last summer.
Storrie's discussions are believed to have progressed satisfactorily, with Aiyegbeni reportedly having been priced in the 6 million bracket.
That means Pompey will have to shell out 3 million to fully secure the African powerhouse, a figure which is within their range.
Aiyegbeni scored 16 goals in his debut season in The Premiership, including 11 in his last ten appearances, and is being courted by Middlesbrough.