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Distin fined/more Muntari & Kaboul talk/3 to Hull

As I am sure everyone is aware Joey Barton had been on trial recently - being charged with assault against a former Citeh teammate. Not everyone might have been so aware that Sylvain Distin refused to give evidence, choosing to go on holiday to Crete instead...

His failure to do so has cost his a £2000 fine and a slap on the wrists, which probably hurt him more than the fine. He deserves a two grand fine for 'that' brown leather jacket alone!

The Frenchman was asked more than once to give evidence at the trial but failed to respond and when asked a final time to attend the case he is quoted as saying he would not and 'they could throw me in jail' - or words to that effect - if they wanted to as he was off on his holidays...

When handed this fine he was warned by Judge Mushtaq Khokhar that had his failure to supply evidence as requested halted the trial he would have been sent to prison, however as Barton changed his plea to guilty it did not cause any delays in the trial.


Reports in the Sunday tabloids, and some today, are once again 'linking' Sulley Muntari with Juventus - this one just will not go away will it...

Juve have already denied an interest in the Ghanaian once this summer, with the player himself conceding an interest as he committed to Pompey for the coming season but the latest batch or reports say that the Italians plan a £12m move!

If this were true, which I seriously doubt then I would suspect Harry Redknapp would bite the hand off that was offering the money - and I would not blame him...


Yet again, as seems to be happening quite frequently Younes Kaboul has pleaded with Harry Redknapp to sign him.

This time 'a spokesman' for the defender has been quoted in The Mirror as saying: 'Harry is the only manager he wants to play for.

'Younes is also looking forward to working with Tony Adams.'

If the price is right I have no doubt that Redknapp will look to get him onboard, but if its not then he will have to go on pleading...


And finally, Sean Davis had been 'linked' with Hull over the weekend, with a fee around £2.5m being mentioned, which is something most of us agree would represent a good deal for both the club and the player.

If 'reports' starting towards the latter part of the weekend and growing today are true Djimi Traore and Noe Pamarot could also join him...

It might even be worth paying to have Traore sold, but Pamarot is a player that I would hope we can keep a hold of, as his versatility could prove priceless this season, but with him never likely to be a regular he might see this as his chance for the regular football he needs at this stage of his career.

I would not expect we would get a fortune for the trio, but I would not have thought they would leave for anything less than £4m in total, although my own thinking is we should be looking at £5m.

Although since writing this, when I was just about to publish I see that Hull have 'dropped' an interest in Traore as their manager Phil Brown says that he would prefer to return to France...

So, as ever what are our thoughts on all of the above guys?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 14 2008

Time: 4:01PM

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Typical papers just re-hashing old stuff again. Muntari, not going anywhere. Intrestingly though I see Kabouls price has gone from 2 mill to a now 6 mill figure. Did he grow another set of legs or something in the last 2 weeks to deserve an increase of that much?
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14/07/2008 16:50:00

I'd be happy to see the back of traore, and from what i've read he doesn't want to come back to us anyway. Pamarots done a good job when called upon so i'd be sad to see him go. Kaboul'll be a pompey player by the end of the week, he's been left behind while spurs have gone on their pre-season tour.
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14/07/2008 16:59:00

Distin Finned? does he fold it flat against his back when he's playing then and just put it up for holidays when he goes swimming.
Steve C
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14/07/2008 17:25:00

Id love to see pamarot go as well to be honest - lets maximise the revenue here!!!!
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14/07/2008 17:53:00

12m for Muntari? If only it were true
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14/07/2008 18:52:00

Keep Muntari; this might be difficult also keep Pamarot,i initially christened him pamarotten but humble pie for me i must admit he was better than i thought ansd scored one of the best goals ive seen from a pompey player, get rid of traore we should never have bought him and his off the field problems wont ever improve his performance on the field
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14/07/2008 19:23:00

i'm a bit surprised about the Muntari criticism, first season was not bad at all, and made us realise how bad Diop was
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14/07/2008 19:24:00

I'd take 12m for Muntari but I see Juve have just spent 6m on another midfield. I'd like to keep Noe providing he has got ovet the knee injury. Traore, we will carry him th Hull if need be. Distin should know better & have some respect for the law, so much for role models. Barton can rot in jail. Kabull it probably is.
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14/07/2008 20:55:00

12 m for an incosistent midfielder? Rip their arm off!
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14/07/2008 21:03:00

I'm wondering what the real reason is that Distin would rather risk going to prison than testify against Barton? But we'll never know.
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14/07/2008 21:05:00

I'd like to hold on to Muntari, it was only his first season in England and he's only young, I think he has a lot of promise. Any money we could get for Traore would be a bonus. I'm sorry for the way Davis' season turned out, he started well and then lost his place, but it might be time for him to move on.
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14/07/2008 21:06:00

good spot Steve C d'oh! changed now...
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14/07/2008 22:58:00

muntari will improve this season im sure, but 12m would be too good to refuse surely? as said i'd bite, snap, rip, tear, whatever the arm off that is offering it...
dont want us to lose paramount, i too wasnt a fan of his but he is reliable when called upon and doesnt let us down - my fear is that he wants to play regularly so if the offer comes along he'll go, we do need a squad WalshWasGod, so he would be ideally suited to this...
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14/07/2008 23:01:00

u idiots.. do u even know the quality of muntari.. this is a guy who went for trials at Manutd and actually made it..he cudnt play coz of work permit.. and u are tlaking about 12mil for him.. even ferguson wudnt sell for that much.. pompey has no class in midfield withouth him. idiots.. did u ever win fa cup b4 he came?? ungrateful english fans
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15/07/2008 01:52:00

Hmm, I'm inclined to agree with 'The father of James Bond', The Munter is a good player and has loads of potential - if we never see him play consistently well, it'll be a shame but he's worth being given the chance - we do need someone with 'kicking the opposition up in the air' potential. He was a bigger reason for our success last year than most people give him credit for, I think.
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15/07/2008 07:43:00

A difficult one to answer either way. Muntari is undoubtably a top player but, to date, he has only shown flashes of his ability. He has taken a while to settle alongside Diarra. The first thought is that 12 million is a good price for him. However, given his potential, we would have to pay that or more to get another similar player. Unless Harry already has a quality replacement lined up who will give the team more than Muntari can then there is no point in letting him go. Other players may look good on paper or in other leagues but still have to prove themselves in the Premier League and not all can do it. Utaka for one is struggling and there are plenty of other examples. Muntari has at least shown he is a good chance of being a top premier league player so is it worth the risk to lose him?
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15/07/2008 08:18:00

to be fair papa007 i dont think anyone has actually said 'they want' to see muntari sold, myself and others - from what i can see - have said that 'if' we got offered 12m we would take it, which i think is fair enough...
also, much like i told the other fella who was the other day having a go at the 'ungrateful english fans' about what we said about kanu, we didnt win the fa cup because of sulley muntari - it was a team effort, everyone did there bit along the way so for anyone to say that one particular individual won us the fa cup is wrong, but if we took that route then i think we would not really have to look much further than david james, made countless saves in most games, saved a penalty at preston...
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15/07/2008 08:33:00

Muntari and Utaka fall into the same catagory, they both have undoubted ability. It is the application of this ability that is questioned. Nearly all of Pompey Vital expect them to come good this season. My doubt is, can they make the effort.
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15/07/2008 10:00:00

papa007, that must be you IQ. Don't come on here calling people you don't know idiots. We have opinions based on what we see week in & week out. Muntari is a good player but can do a lot better. 12m wouldn't be daft to accept if, it was offered, it hasn't, if we wanted to sell, we don't.
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15/07/2008 10:24:00

I agree, PR, a team effort BUT if it wasn't. then in fact Baros has a good case for winning us the cup or at least the quarter and semi final, and most people would have considered him completely ineffective.
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15/07/2008 16:04:00

That was a bit strong, Papa007. But we have to remember how cooly Munters took that penalty at ManU - how much pressure was that? I think he's worth keeping, but if we were offered 12M - well that's a lot of money!
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15/07/2008 20:46:00

LETS BREAK IT DOWN..u idiots (IDIOTS NO.)...do u even know the quality of muntari.. (YEP WATCHED HIM EVERY WEEK LAST SEASON)... this is a guy who went for trials at Manutd .. (TRUE) ....and actually made it.. (UNCONFIRMED) he cudnt play coz of work permit.. (UNCONFIRMED AGENT SPEAK) .....and u are tlaking about 12mil for him.. (NO, THE PAPERS ARE) ... even ferguson wudnt sell for that much.. (NOR FERGIES TO SELL) ..... pompey has no class in midfield withouth him. (EVER HEARD OF LASSANA DIARRA, NIKO KRANJCAR) ...idiots.. (ARTICULATE ARN'T YOU) .... did u ever win fa cup b4 he came?? (ER.. YEP !).... ungrateful english fans (UNGRATEFUL ?.. MAYBE.. BUT THAT'S AN OPINION OF A TISSER WHO HAS PROVED IN ONE PARAGRAPH THAT HE HASN'T A CLUE WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT).... S'LONG PAPA 007 ....
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15/07/2008 20:47:00


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