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Little urges Shorey/Schneiderlin/Crouch in demand

New signing Glen Little has urged his former Reading teammate - and best mate - Nicky Shorey to join him at Pompey.

Harry Redknapp has already admitted an interest in the England man and now Little has added his weight to the growing calls that Pompey is the right place for him, telling The News: 'Nicky is my best mate so of course I am going to say good things about him. But I would love to see him sign for Portsmouth as well - and they would also be getting a very good player.

'He lives just round the corner from me on the outskirts of Reading and we are always going out together. We are always round each others' houses and he was my room partner at Reading.

'I know a few of the Pompey players but it would be fantastic to have my best mate in the dressing room as well down here. I'd love it.

'Reading have already got the hump with me for leaving so I am not going to try to upset people saying he should go and sign for so and so. But at the end of the day I want what's best for him and he should follow me down here.

'He wants to be in the Premier League, he's an England player and has been the best left-back in the Championship for a number of years.

'Reading won't want him to go on the cheap but it would be great if I could see more of him - so I want him to come to Portsmouth as well.'

As previously said I would welcome a Shorey signing - the fact that we signed his best mate gives us even more chance of getting him now. At 3m-4m he will hardly break the bank will he!


The News is billing him as 'a Strasbourg ace', but Morgan Schneiderlin, who claims a 1m offer for him has been accepted is unsure if he wants to come to Pompey: 'nothing's done with Portsmouth. I can't confirm I'm going to sign with them.

'I am currently thinking, and to be honest they are not my favourite destination. There's another possibility that I do fancy. It's about playing regularly.'

At the end of the day if he is uncertain about the move the simple solution if for him not to come here, I would expect this has put a few doubts at our end now - that is if we even do want him? There will be others that we could turn to couldn't we - at 18 I would not expect him to be a regular, unless he is some sort of prodigy...

Do we really want anyone to sign for us if they do not really want to? An easy one to answer, nope.


And finally, the Peter Crouch saga has taken another twist today with reports that others have joined the chase for him...

Villa have been long term admirers like ourselves, but Citeh are said to have rejoined the hunt and another former club Spurs are interested in him and Yossi Benayoun, with the most surprising being Arsenal.

Villa, Citeh, maybe even Spurs I could believe but I have this suspicion that these 'reports' have come about more as a result of our reluctance to pay Liverpool more than we want to - maybe someone is trying to squeeze a few more quid out of us by telling a few porkies...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 26 2008

Time: 3:15PM

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Crouch will go where he wants, once the scousers have the right money & it maybe hard to compete with Arsenal, though I think this has some to go. Shorey I would welcome & the Sch kid, no idea.
Not really that much in the news today again! Let's hope the transfer rumours pick up speed as of Monday.

I think it's not a case that Morgan Shne... does not want to come to us but wants regular first team football. Football before money is a good thing. I would hope we get him on thaty basis alone. Someone who would fight for a place in the starting 11
Padding out the news it seems to me. The kid would be a good addition seems to have agood reputation. Crouch who knows? and Shorey let's hope so.
agree with sneakay bout schneid.. u no the kid =) anyway him i think he just want 1st team football, bt i really hope ur right rug bout crouch and some1's leaked it 2 gt more money out of us or its jst a V.slow news day and i'd b happy to take shorey as i've said b4 quality player in his 1st season in the prem bt u really could tell he wanted out last season
Don't understand your thinking. If we want Crouch why wouldn't anyone else want him? If we are prepared to pay 9mil why wouldn't anyone else pay 10m? Does anyone know exactly how much Liverpool want for Crouch anyway?
Shorey would be a cracking signing at 3-4mil. It seems to be a slow news day,and they're filling the papers with gossip. As for the kid...Never heard of him, but if he's any good he must be worth a punt at that money.
I can't see Spurs wanting Crouchy. Unless maybe they think they're going to fail in signing Pavlyuchenko. Definitely not Arsenal. I like Crouch, but he doesn't have the qualities that Wenger's signings always have.
shorey = yes. schneiderlin = going to west brom. crouch = pompey for 9mil (with no staged payment). kanu = being shown the door.
Pompey-pessimist - that sounds ok to me!
Shorey at 3mill is a bargain...go long Harry!! Crouch?? well Spurs are stupid enough to pay 15mill for him (re: Darren Bent)
Liverpool have said they want 10 million for Crouch and don't want part cash part trade with other players or part payments and the rest in the future depending on some conditions. Who can blame them; we fell for that with Benji. Sort out Kanu first- either get him to sign or ***** him off out of it. If Kanu goes then up the bid for Crouch. If Kanu stays then tell Liverpool what they can do with Crouch. We don't need the 2 of them. The money would be better spent on a Baros style of player who can actually score goals.
if liverpool actually want 10m for crouch, as fa says, then its worth upping the bid, as its only one mil more than what we had rejected, but i severely doubt thats the case, as they seem to be holding out for alot more.
we will get crouchy - believe it guys as it will happen...
i suspect that all has been agreed with the bin dippers, and crouchy on terms - they will take 9m as they need the money, they just want it all in 1 lump sum, not some now the rest later. this is all we need to iron out... i know its not as easy as it sounds, but if we are prepared to eventually pay 9m, for the sake of 'a mere' million or so lets not cut off our nose to spite our face, cut kanu loose if need to, therefore saving his wages and put that towards crouchy...
JB it wasn't the amount of money that Liverpool rejected as much as the terms of payment. Today they have come out and said this and asked Pompey to resubit the offer but as a cash, once only payment.
... but still no sign of Crouch. Snap Shorey up though Harry although I don't know where that leaves Cranie !!

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