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12m approach turned down/'Arry on SWP and more

Harry Redknapp has told The News that a 12m approach for Niko Kranjcar from Monaco has been rejected: 'Monaco have come in for Niko and offered around 12m for him. We wouldn't sell him and he didn't want to go anyway so that was the end of that one.

'No disrespect, but why would he want to go there anyway? They get 6,000 people watching them.

'You go there on a weekend and it's a unique experience, people aren't interested in the football. They all go out on the Saturday night and get dressed up for dinner, not to watch football.'

He also said that talk of Sulley Muntari leaving for Juventus was not true either and no bids have been received, nor are they welcomed for him, or anyone else: 'there's nothing with Sulley either, it's just paper talk about Juventus.

'We haven't spoken to anybody and I don't want to sell Sulley anyway.

'He's a top player - so is Niko.

'They are good young players, we don't have to let anyone leave and we definitely don't want to.

The cynical might think that by making this statement he is just offering bait to interested parties that 12m isn't enough, but something more might...

It's an interesting one, 12m is a lot of money to have rejected - but 'if' we have, and we will not sale then this is yet another clear statement of intent for our future plans.


Also, we all know that Redknapp is looking to sign a few more players before the season kicks off, and his admiration for Shaun Wright-Phillips is well known. But once again he explained this to sky sports news last night: 'at the moment we like him, he is a good player but he belongs to Chelsea.

'We have spent some money on Peter Crouch, so the situation is that we have two other options but Shaun Wright-Phillips is a terrific player.'

Any deal for him, should we do this, would probably be a loan I would suspect - but you never know...

He also spoke about strengthening others areas, but did not specify where, but I would think we know that defence would be one area he is looking at. He did say he expects another couple of signings before the season kicks off.

We did have a couple of people turn out for us on trial against Exeter, Omar Krumah or 'OJ' as he is know was one of them. He is a 19-year-old Gambian striker who had trained with 'the lot down the roads' academy side last season, and I thought the guy looked alright and would be worth another look at, Redknapp was happy enough too: 'I was pleased with how OJ played - I thought he did well, we'll see how we go with him.'

He seemed to get involved and played ok, and I think it was him that won us the penalty that Jermain Defoe scored. We usually sign at least one person we have on trial for pre-season, maybe he could be this summers one? Although most of them then usually end up doing nothing...

Another who got a run out as a trialist was Dominic Cervis, an American keeper who came on for David James at half time.

Going back to the transfer targets, there is a fair amount of 'talk' building that an offer for Nicky Shorey is being prepared, with it claimed that Wayne Bridge, who was said to be our number one priority and had moved ahead of him in our 'after them' stakes was never a transfer target anyway!

Yep, I would be happy if we could bring in Wright-Phillips and Shorey, although as I have said before I do not see the left back area as a high profile area to strengthen just yet, other areas need looking at first for me.

Your thoughts on all of the above are welcomed as ever please guys...


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Date:Thursday July 17 2008

Time: 12:42PM

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Classic harry on Monaco fans -'get dressed up for dinner, not to watch football.' Must be a great after dinner speaker Even if Krunchie does go, it's going to be amassive profit for Pompey -rekon he'll go for 15 million to the Arse
Lots to digest there. Monaco is a beautiful place (lucky enough to have a short break there). Tax free living, sod the low crowd. You can the Arsenal or someone else bait but when it suits us or Niko. Can't we tempt Monaco with Traore?
Krancjar/Menez swap deal maybe ? i like Krunchie, dont really know that much about Menez tbh but he is valued very highly by Monaco...
but kranjcar is valued very highly here - sounds good in theory but menez, as good as he looks is an unknown quanity in the english game... i also hear he has trouble with injuries a bit?
i do rate kranjcar highly, but 12m is tempting, and would represent a hell of a profit, but were not a selling club anymore are we - at least hopefully not, but everyone has a price and a few million more and i would suspect he would go... but not this summer!
i hope Kranjcar and co stay dont get me wrong, like you say rug Menez may not settle in the EPL whereas Krunchie now has, if we dont need to sell id say we try and keep as much of the current squad together as possible. Krunchie's back heel in the cup final was sublime, its not often that sort of thing comes along...
Saying that Rug, Arsenal aren't a selling club, but it doesn't stop them losing three this week. I can see Krunchie going there. For between 12-15 mil. In all honesty we will have to raise funds somewhere to buy the likes of SWP, and Krunchie represents a huge income.
right now, I dont think we would aept a 30million offer for kranjcar. we don't have anyone to take his place, and as far as i can see, we don't have anyone lined up who could even come in if he gets injurred...
If he doesn't want to go, it really doesn't matter whether we want to keep him or not, how useful the money would be, or whatever. Having said that, I don't see any obvious replacements in the 12m bracket we could get, so we'd just be swapping a big hole on the right for a big hole on the left if we sold him and bought SWP.
And we have alledgedly bid for Kaboul!
Good comment Phil - Niko doesnot want to leave so I just don't think he will go anywhere.
i think kranjcar will go to fund swp and shorey. good technical player but so slow. harry will change the formation this year and go 4 3 3. i think we will see mendes and diarra link upo more in midfield after the fa cup final performance.
you could be right there robert, 4 3 3 does sound enticing, but the problem you would have in that formation is who would play the central role Crouch or Defoe. Wheras a 4 3 1 2 would work nicely I think munta diarra and mendes the three and you could rotate the 1 and the two. away from home play 4 3 2 1 with crouch up front on his tod knocking balls down to the two AM possibly WP and Krunchie. But who knows, until the final signings are confirmed it's all just speculation
even without someone to replace him i would almosy guarantee that if someone offered 30m carpet then there would not be a seconds hesitation - he would be off, a few million more and someone lined up to replace him and i could - altho i dont want to see it - see him going...

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