Date: 1st June 2006 at 9:23am
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As you heard hear first last week, Portsmouth are intrested in John Hartson.

Milan Mandaric has admitted that Portsmouth are likely to join the race to sign John Hartson. Celtic have apparently accepted a bid in of £500,000 from West Bromwich Albion.

Redknapp signed the Hartson from Arsenal for £3.3 million in 1997.

‘I need to clear it with Harry,’ Mandaric told the Daily Record.

‘He still admires John and if he is interested, we will see if we can bring Hartson to Portsmouth.’

Hartson, who has netted 88 goals in 125 starts at Celtic Park, was shocked on Wednesday after hearing that Celtic had accepted a bid for him.

Blackburn have also been linked with Hartson and the possibility of linking up with his former national coach Mark Hughes and player, Craig Bellamy and Robbie Savage.

Celtic are expected to make life hard for Pompey by demanding more money for the player. People inside the club say the player hasn`t been mentally there since January, this is largely blamed on Portsmouth within the club.