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Diarra staying/Zarate no go/Nuge off...all again!

Diarra staying/Zarate no go/Nuge off...all again!

Once again it is a day for the same old same old really...

Lassana Diarra has once again reiterated his desire to remain with Pompey again next season, with Citeh, who have shown an interest viewed as 'a backwards step' - so he is not going there.

The News is reporting that he would only be willing to leave Fratton for anyone of what he sees as 'the four biggest in the world - Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea.'

We are a club with ambition, a club that matches his own so why would or should he leave unless it is for a club that is a significant move forward...


Mauro Zarate has once again been 'linked' with Pompey this week, with it claimed that a season long loan deal had been agreed with his Qatari side Al-Sadd.

Having denied an interest when it was previously claimed we were going one step further and actually signing him Peter Storrie has again denied the latest claims, telling The News: 'Mauro Zarate is signing? That's an interesting one.

'When did I do that one then? I can't remember doing it!

'I think we have been linked with 38 different players. It's just silly season.'

Quite why the links to the Argentinean keep resurfacing is anybodies guess - some would say there is no smoke without fire...


And finally, earlier in the week it was Sean Davis that was off to Birmingham, this time it is Dave Nugent that is going to the Brummies.

Having sold Fabrice Muamba to Bolton this week the paper claims are that Alex McLeish wants to spend a chunk on that to sign Nugent...

Nugent has himself said that 'he will not be forced out of the club', but all the talk is he is not shot of admirers with Sunderland and Stoke both interested too.

As always I say that I would like him to stay, but should he go then you would hope it would be to our benefit and someone 'better' would come in to replace him, but we will see eh...


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Date:Thursday June 19 2008
Time: 11:53AM

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I hope Diarra did some scouting whilst he was bench warming. Any good pubs & hotels incase we get Swiss/Austrian teams in the UEFA Cup. Nugent has 6 months to prove himself or he'll go in January sales!
19/06/2008 12:13:00
What we want is something concrete - but it seems as though the Crouch deal is imminent.
19/06/2008 12:21:00
The whole transfer market is waitng for the Euros to finish. One or 2 deals will start n avalanche, especially when Scolari starts at Chelsea...Really want to see Pompey's transfers done in the next 2weeks...Wanted us to go for Poborski before the euros -probably cost too much now..hopefully Big Phil will dump SWP & we get him on the cheap
19/06/2008 12:25:00
Very trur Rug - same old same old
19/06/2008 13:13:00
Sorry, i meant Podolski...
19/06/2008 13:27:00
Many player contracts run through until 1st July, this is when we will see movement. Crouchy does seem to happen soon which will be great!
19/06/2008 14:54:00
yellowcheesemonkey... podolski would not move to pompey
19/06/2008 15:00:00
I would like us to get Crouch and Dunne in the bag now. I can't say I'm bothered about SWP.
19/06/2008 17:02:00
It still seems pointless to me to sell Nugent. As it stands, we need at least one more striker, with Baros leaving and Kanu not having the energy to play a full 90 minutes, so if we sell Nugent, we need at least two more strikers. Unless we can get close to the price we paid for him ( which seems unlikely ) we'd struggle to find a decent replacement. ( I think the prices mentioned in the papers for Gudjohnsen have been underestimated ) We've suffered in the past for selling for the sake of selling, and I'd rather hoped we had learned from our mistakes.
19/06/2008 17:06:00
I agree the Crouch deal is imminent. I think SWP would fit in great, and Dunne would make great defensive cover that we really need. But I'm getting used to rumours, some of them are true, most of them aren't and then signings we didn't expect happen out of the blue. It will be nice when the merry-go-round finally gets cranked up and it all starts though. As for Nuge, I think if they get a good offer, Arry will want to sell him, so it could be an interesting battle of wills. I hope he stays myself, but do agree that if he doesn't start to shine by January then he'll have had his chance. Perhaps he needs to try wearing boots with studs on.
19/06/2008 17:52:00
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