Fenerbahce striker Nicolas Anelka claims Portsmouth have offered £8.2m in an attempt to bring him back to the Premier League.

“Portsmouth are the only club to have made an offer for me,” said the French striker.

“Fenerbahce would like to keep me but they understand that I want to rejoin a major European league.

“In Portsmouth I talked with manager Harry Redknapp, who knows me well,” the ex-Arsenal and Liverpool striker added.

“My ambition would be to join a club that regularly plays in the Champions League, but I cannot force them to recruit me.

“If I had to join a club like Portsmouth, I would go there with the aim of giving my best. This is the same for Bolton or Blackburn, whose managers have also contacted me.

“I hope things will be sorted within 10 days, as myself and Fenerbahce need to know as soon as possible.”

Anelka also lashed out at former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier for ruining his career by refusing to sign him on a permanent deal following his loan spell at Anfield.

“When he told me at the last minute that he had no intention of keeping me, he put me in a difficult situation because I had not negotiated anything with other teams,” said Anelka.

“And I ended up joining a club (Manchester City) against my will.

“Gerard Houllier is responsible for what happened to me. If he had not snubbed me at Liverpool I would not have had to play with minor clubs for the past four years which I had never imagined joining.

“I would not be where I am right now, that is to say waiting to be signed by a great English club.”