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Niko stays/Aubey and Baros not returning/Shorey

The News says that Niko Kranjcar has ruled out a Pompey exit by saying: 'I haven't had any direct contact with any clubs.

'For me, it is not the right moment to talk about a transfer.'

These quotes formed another interview that Kranjcar gave during the week, which together did not exactly rule out a move, it merely said that he was happy where he was and discussing such things was not his priority during the Euros.

To be honest, although I do still believe he will stay with us for next season, I do not quite see this as the 'Niko rules out a Pompey exit' as has been billed by The News...

Harry Redknapp and Peter Storrie have said over and over that he - and others - will not be leaving, with Redknapp now quoted as saying: 'we don't have to sell - unless we get a ridiculous offer' - which basically should be the case really anyway!

On the topic of Kranjcar he is in confident mood about Croatia's chances of making the semi finals ahead of their meeting with Turkey tonight: 'this team has proved its worth many times and we are ready to do it again.

'Winning our group has given us a lot of confidence that we can advance into the semi-finals.

'We have plenty of individual quality and a great chance of going through if we are on top of our game.

'We have to string together as many passes as we can, keep possession and take control in midfield to overcome the Turks.'

Croatia are the team that I am backing, but even if they can beat Turkey tonight will they be able to again overcome Germany in the semi final? They have beaten them once, but if they make it through can they do it again?


This will probably not come as any surprise to anyone, but Peter Storrie has confirmed that Lucien Aubey and Milan Baros will almost certainly not be returning to Pompey next season: 'I wouldn't think we would be looking to take on Milan Baros or Lucien Aubey at the moment.'

Aubey was not really given much of a chance, but when he did he looked decent enough, but I am not surprised at all that he will not be signed following his loan. In terms of his European experience he would have been worth keeping, but I am sure we will cover this with someone else.

As for Baros, as I have said time and time again he worked tirelessly - something that maybe is not always associated with him - and he did have qualities that we could have used but his lack of goals and the possibility of them ever coming always looked like main thing stopping a permanent deal. But again I am sure we will be compensated with someone else arriving in his place, someone that will offer this threat and more...


And finally, not for the first time Nicky Shorey is being 'linked' with a move to Pompey - could he be that 'someone else' I spoke about relating to one of the above...

Today it is The Independent saying that we will be making a move for the left back, offering Reading £3.5m for the England man.

I do like the fella as he has qualities about him that makes me think he would fit in well here. Perhaps he is still 'a little raw' but as we have shown with Glen Johnson this rawness can be moulded into something much more. Another young player, and better still English, so if we can do a deal I would welcome him.

Thoughts on this and the rest please guys...


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Date:Friday June 20 2008

Time: 12:21PM

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Shorey was very good for Reading in their 1st season when they finished a place above us. Last season they all had a 'mare. I like him & he would be a good solid addition. Crouch would be fantastic & SWP with a bit of TLC will be brill.
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20/06/2008 13:14:00

Shorey is excellent at set pieces. I think the only reason he was so poor last season was because his head was already somewhere else. You could tell he didn't care. He got booed by a small minority in the spurs home game and he turned around and laughed at them, not particularly what you expect from your 2nd longest serving player when you're in a dog fight. It's a shame it's ended like this, if he'd have gone out a la Sidwell giving 100% then the royals fans would have wished him well. As it happens now, we can't wait to see the back of the arrogant c***
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20/06/2008 13:38:00

Not bitter about it then. Anyway we have apparantly signed Glen Little from Reading. 32 year old right winger!!!!!!!!!!
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20/06/2008 14:31:00

Milan Baros was a complete waste of time. You would have thought after the way he played for Liverpool and Villa they would have realised he's not good enough for the Premiership.
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20/06/2008 15:32:00

That doesn't sound very reassuring from Kranjcar, but I think he will stay, he has said before he wants to stay. (He's going to score tonight!) I'm sorry to see Aubey go, I saw him come on (was it at Spurs?) and was very impressed by him, and he didn't get much of a chance. Perhaps its what Arry sees in training. I thought he was one for the future, he's quite young isn't he? Baros didn't do too bad for us, he did get the pen in the Q-final, but he didn't do enough. He didn't score, and didn't look like scoring, I'm not suprised he's on his way.
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20/06/2008 17:20:00

Shorey definitely went backwards last year, maybe Harry can work his magic and get him to join team Pompey/England
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20/06/2008 17:24:00

Baros no surprise, but like most others thought Aubey did well when he got his chances,perhaps this is true about shorey then,& as for Nico we have to keep him as most our midfield don't get forward as well as him.
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20/06/2008 19:55:00

Shorey is a ood player and Aubey was (I think) probably worth keeping... No surprise Martin Cranie is reportedly *****ed off !!.
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21/06/2008 00:26:00

agreed chix
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21/06/2008 12:29:00

I wouldn't like to have Shorey on board if what Uroyals says is true. Don't need kind of attitude here.
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21/06/2008 16:02:00

I thought Aubey might have been given a bit more of a chance. He looked ok when he played and good cover for Herm.
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23/06/2008 13:09:00


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