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Spurs are short at the back but the trio are not options, according to Redknapp...

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has dismissed reports linking the club with moves for Fulham's Brede Hangeland, Manchester City's Richard Dunne and Portsmouth's Sylvain Distin.

Spurs have suddenly found themselves short of options in central defence after Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson picked up injuries in pre-season that could rule them out of the opening Premier League game against Liverpool.

Ledley King is yet to feature, and his fitness remains a question mark, but Redknapp insists Tottenham will not be moving for the trio, despite his admiration for them.

"Hangeland? There's no chance of getting him," Redknapp told Sky Sports News. "Fulham won't sell him. I even tried to sign him for Pompey.

"Dunne is a good player and I nearly took him to Portsmouth last year, while Distin's going to sign a new deal at Fratton Park.

"Portsmouth need to keep some players if they can."

Spurs are left with young Frenchman Dorian Dervite as their only recognised centre-back ahead of tonight's Wembley Cup meeting with Barcelona, though Vedran Corluka and Tom Huddlestone are both capable of deputising in the position.

Jamie Dunn, Goal.com

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