LITESPORT HARRYREDKNAPPwillbeprotectedbyformerSAS troops when he returns to Portsmouth with Totten- ham on Saturday. Special Air Service troops are among the best- trained in the world -- they boast the famous nick- name Who Dares Wins -- and the controversial Redknapp has used their services before. He was flanked by two ex-SAS men when he returned to Fratton Park as manager of Southamp- ton in April 2005. More than four years later, Redknapp and Spurs fear further trouble from Pompey fans, who still harbour a grudge over his move along the coast. And they were none too happy with the way he ended his Second Coming at Portsmouth -- by walking out and going to White Hart Lane to replace the struggling Juande Ramos when Spurs were bot- tom of the Premier League this time last year. Ironically Portsmouth now find themselves in an identical position, with Redknapps departure lead- ing to an exodus of star names. The two clubs have joined forces to avoid further problems at the weekends Premier League showdown -- employing a crack team of bodyguards to protect Harrys well-being as Pompey attempt to blast a path out of the relegation zone. A source, quoted by both the Mirror and Daily Express, said: Harry will be subject to abuse from the stands and we can live with that, even if we are not comfortable with it. But anything other than verbal abuse cant be toler- ated and thats why the ex- SAS lads are involved. Feelings are still running high at Pompey over the way Harry left and took former players with him, so the best option is to go with security and eradicate any chance of Harry being under pressure and intimidation. 42 Monday, 12 October 2009 London Lite SAS GUARDSSpursemploy crackforcefor Pompeytrip Inbrief Cesc pulls out over grandad ARSENAL midfielder Cesc Fabregas has pulled out of Spains game against Bosnia on Wednesday amid reports that his grandfather is seriously ill. The Gunners captain, who scored a cracker in Spains 2-1 win over Armenia in Yerevan on Saturday, flew to Barcelona with Xavi (knee) and Carles Puyol (suspended). Liverpools Fernando Torres has a groin problem and may also miss unbeaten Spains final qualifier. Beckham Milan deal probable AC MILAN vice-president Adriano Galliani claims it is very probable David Beckham will re- join the club on loan in January. Beckham moved to the San Siro during LA Galaxys off-season last January and stayed on loan until the end of the season. Galliani said: Its very probable that Beckham will come to Milan on loan until June 30, but I dont give anything as fact until theres a signature. Obertan debut long overdue MANCHESTER UNITED new-boy Gabriel Obertan will make his long- awaited appearance in the Red Devils colours at Hyde tonight. Obertan was snapped up from Bordeaux for 3m in the summer by Sir Alex Ferguson but the Frenchmans career has stalled due to injury. However, the player is now ready for action and will make his bow in a Manchester Senior Cup tie against Oldham this evening. Danish have Swedes bacon SWEDEN coach Lars Lagerback will stand down if his team fail to reach the World Cup or after the finals if his side do qualify for South Africa. The Swedes could have moved level on points with Group One leaders Denmark with victory in Copenhagen, but went down 1-0 to Jacob Poulsens goal. They must now beat Albania on Wednesday and hope Portugal slip up against Malta for a play-off spot. Irish Given last minute lesson SHAY GIVEN felt as if the Republic of Ireland had been dumped out of the World Cup when champions Italy snatched a famous victory from their grasp. The Irish were within seconds of a win when substitute Alberto Gilardino made it 2-2 to snatch a point for the Italians. That put them through and the Republic into the play-offs. For them to score so near the end was a real kick in the teeth, said Given. BY NEAL COLLINS Flare up: James could be moving to Spurs HARRY REDKNAPP is set to offer David James a World Cup lifeline by making him Tottenhams No1 in January. The Portsmouth goalkeeper, who enjoyed the most successful period of his eventful career under Redknapp at Portsmouth, is currently struggling to cement his position as Fabio Capellos first choice between the sticks. Redknapp is expected to make the move for James -- which will not enhance the former Pompey bosss popularity at Fratton Park -- after being told he has no chance of luring Blackburns Paul Robinson. Redknapp remains unconvinced by the qualities of error-prone Brazil international Gomes and Carlo Cudicini, who could be used as a makeweight to bring former West Ham star James back to London in a 1m deal. With Portsmouth struggling at the foot of the Premier League and Spurs looking like genuine contenders for a top four finish, the 39-year-old is likely to jump at the chance of enhancing his World Cup bid with a so-called big club. James was one of the few England players to emerge with credit from the defeat in Ukraine after he was called upon following the sending off of Robert Green. Do I feel I have given the manager a headache? I think everyone in the squad gives the manager something to think about, he said. I was ready when I had to go on. 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