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Crouch not going/Kanu staying and Exeter awaits

If 'reports' are true it appears as if Peter Crouch is willing to waste a years worth of talent by sitting on the Liverpool bench before leaving on a free next summer...

The News is quoting that world famous 'a source close to' as saying: 'Peter's been treated appallingly by Benitez.

'The best option now is to see out his last year at Liverpool and go for nothing.'

The £15m price put on the head of Crouch is a ridiculous amount, even more so with him being in the final year of his contract and I do not care who you are you will not pay that for the fella...

To be honest I still feel that a deal will be negotiated and he will leave Liverpool in the summer for something between £7m and £10m - which is more than enough. I also still feel that this move will see him return to Pompey, something that I make no secret as being something that I would love to see happen.


So, although I do not believe it, we might miss out on 'the English Kanu' in Peter Crouch but 'King' Kanu is 'close to signing his new contract' according to his agent Samuel Okoronkwo: 'as we know, this is the time of year when we sit down and talk with Peter Storrie.

'We are trying to work something out and we have had progress.'

How hard can this 'negotiating of a new deal' be, is it really that hard to sort out?

- He wanted a new deal...
- We said we would give him a new deal...
- Pompey claim a new deal has been offered...
- He says he does not want any more money...
- If we are offering a fair deal why can it not just be signed?

Surely he cannot be stalling in the hope of trying to get out of pre season for a third year running!


And finally to wrap this little lot up Exeter have confirmed that Pompey will be returning to the Westcountry for a pre-season friendly at St James Park in July, on Wednesday 16th I believe.

This is something that they are pretty pleased about - as am I to be honest! - with their sporting director Julian Tagg telling a local paper: 'I don't know how our commercial department is going to market it, but calling it the 'Cup Winners' Cup' sounds good to me. It will be their first outing having won the FA Cup and obviously we have had our own silverware this season.

'They were very, very positive when we approached them. We know Harry Redknapp has been down here on a number of occasions and he likes the area.

'I don't know if they will bring the cup with them, but we shall certainly be asking them to.'

We have a habit of going on a Westcountry tour, which will do me nicely as this will be a rare occasion where I can go to a game and be home in no time at all - no need to spend half the day travelling for this one, woo hoo! A rarity with the amount of miles I will clock up next season...

There is also talk that we will be playing Torquay, which I have not seen confirmed, it was only something I read in a local paper a few weeks back - but it would seem to make sense if we are also Exeter.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 28 2008

Time: 4:47PM

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The Kanu saga is all getting a bit odd.....like you say above Rug, I was thinking it would all be a formality, 'Sign Here', type thing. Maybe now he's a Cup Final goalscorer he's trying to get a bit more cash for what would surely be one of the last contracts of his career?
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28/05/2008 17:47:00

I agree Rug, i think that is Crouche's agent is taking a tough stance to get the price down, i reckon the problem is Rafa cant get other funds from the various factions at pool, so if Crouch is serious it could be a last day transfer
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28/05/2008 17:51:00

I also agree. Crouch knows that he's unlikely to be the subject of a 15M offer, and he knows that Liverpool don't want to end up getting nothing at all. There's a long time to go yet before the window closes and he's just digging in for some tough negotiating.
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28/05/2008 18:15:00

lets go for obefemi martins from newcastle
stfc ballboy
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28/05/2008 18:40:00

I think Kanu is going for a three year contract but Portsmouth are only willing to offer him a one year deal. Understandable stances from both sides given Kanu's age. By the way, my friend is sending Kanu Reiki from Spain to help his poor limbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I happened to mention to her that he was a bit creaky. You never know, it might work!
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28/05/2008 18:46:00

Agree Rug, Benitez has put stupid prices on all the players he doesn't see being a first team regular next season in hope that he can build up a war chest. I'd like to see Crouchy in a Pompey shirt but if not Dean Ashton would be another option.
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28/05/2008 18:50:00

Dean Ashton is close to signing an extended deal at the Hammers
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28/05/2008 18:55:00

oh yes the boys are coming to Devon....well no surprise really..just wish it was to Argyle again
plymouth graham
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28/05/2008 20:04:00

IMO having Crouch and Kanu was never an option for Pompey. It was one or the other. If Kanu is convinced Crouch won't join Pompey then he will sign a new contract. From Pompeys viewpoint it is probably better to let Crouch sit out a year at Liverpool and the pick him up for nothing next season or for a much lower price maybe in January. Kanu probably won't be with us more than another year so Crouch will then be needed to replace him.
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28/05/2008 22:00:00

15 million is far too much. pompey know that, crouch knows that, everyone knows that. Kanu is getting old - but his style of play doesnt exactly involve any running, so i dont think that will be much of a problem. he probably just doesnt want to have to go through pre-season, having missed the last 2...
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28/05/2008 22:50:00

The problem is that we might end up going for another striker in the meantime, which means that Crouch would miss out altogether. I can understand Kanu in that he just wants to play - getting Crouch in means that he would just be a super-sub. He's not going to be one of those.
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29/05/2008 11:23:00

stfc ballboy; don't have a heart attack here BUT I agree with you! Martins could be just the job. Mind you, although I've always though he looks a big fella, he's only 5'7". Ideally I'd like a bit more aerial threat up front alongside Defoe.
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29/05/2008 14:55:00

As I have said before if rafa is not more realistic Crouch will go cheap in january.
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29/05/2008 20:30:00

I can't see why having both Crouch & Kanu is an issue. Crouch starts Kanu comes on as a sub. In Europe, you rest one & play the other. Whatever, I would love to have Crouch back.
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