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Between a rock and a hard place...

Harry Redknapp says that most of our money is gone - that went on funding the Peter Crouch signing. So in order for other 'big names' to arrive he now needs to sell some of the 'fringe players'...

A couple of players were always likely to go, but what we get in for them will not go that far towards funding the signings of the 'big name players' we have been promised, yep we have Crouch but by Peter Storrie's own words there 'should' be at least 1 more top quality signing to come...

Selling people like Djimi Traore, Lauren, Sean Davis, Richard Hughes, Noe Pamarot and so on will not raise sufficient funds to sign the likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips will they - that is not to say that I would necessarily want all those names to go, they are just people that would probably be most likely to leave. Although I would still be more than happy, if this is acceptable from Chelski's end to just get him in on a season loan with the option to buy next summer! There is no harm in that, although I would suspect they would prefer to sell now?

Then again, in order to sign 1 player we might have to sell 2 or 3 to fund his signing, which, as good as this 1 player might be will severely deplete our resources in terms of player numbers and squad depth, which we desperately need this season. The extra quality would clearly tell, but the lack of numbers could come back to haunt us big time... All that said, if we could not sign another 'high profile name' keeping those that we do have would be almost as beneficially as if we start selling these, although we might get the kind of money to buy in 2 or 3 this works in the other way, we increase the squad size, but the overall quality would no doubt diminish!

Redknapp can be 'economical' with the truth, and whilst I do not doubt that we are short of funds - and we do not have an endless supply of this - I am not convinced that this has 'gone' as the implication is. After the Exeter game he said he still expected another couple of players to sign, so we get the 'mixed signals' we sometimes get from him - but at would cost will these signings come in terms of numbers leaving?

So the question is, even if a player is top quality is sacrificing as many as 3 squad players for his signing the right thing for us to do? Would that extra quality count for anything when 'the bare bones' speech is given...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 18 2008

Time: 12:16PM

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Arrys just talking the talk..if clubs know you have money, then inflated prices follow -look at Chelski where every transfer fee is inflated by the knowledge of Russian riches.. Pretend you're skint, might get abargain
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18/07/2008 12:24:00

It gets a bit annoying with Harry always saying one thing and then condradicting himself. To be honest I think he should just stay quiet about the clubs funds, that's not really his problem .Let Peter Storrie deal with all of those things.
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18/07/2008 13:17:00

I'm not sure anyone has the amount of money they did last summer. I think everyone is waiting for a domino transfer to start.
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18/07/2008 13:37:00

This type of talk does not influence or confuse anyone. "HR" fans will just say " its good old Harry again".I agree with sneakay, leave it to others.
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18/07/2008 15:32:00

Agree with you lads above. He knows Chelsea want to rid themselves of SWP and that SWP wants to come here + Chelsea aren't desperate for cash so he "sniffs" a potential bargain. If we have to let guys go then the likes of Traore, Lauren & russelm's all time favourite " Headless Chicken " Davis could scrape up a few bucks at least (don't sell Hughes - his work ethic is worth keeping). Another alternative would be to sell Utaka back to Rennes or whomever else comes in for him. It would be a shame since this could be good year for him, but with Little & SWP on the right wing I don't think he'd be missed. In that scenario, maybe we could pick up Govou for left side cover since he apparently plays both wings.
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18/07/2008 15:46:00

Maybe a case of losing some fring players & save their salaries rather than get any big monies in!
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18/07/2008 18:03:00

Can't say I'm surprised. I posted some comments on this a few weeks back when I said I could not understand where all the money was coming from. It just doesn't add up, unless Sacha is putting his hand in his pocket again and again and again. But I don't think so, he's no Abramovitch. Its no good Harry saying I want, I want, I want and leaving it to Storrie, if the money ain't there it ain't there and Harry needs to know that he has to cut his cloth accordingly. It doesn't sound major though, as he is talking of having to sell some of the "minnows". I also agree with some of you above - at the beginning of the season it was generally understood that we were going to spend, spend, spend, Harry is now obviously sending out the message that we don't have it. I would take a bet that we have 20mil and we did not expect to pay so much for Crouchie. We probably have 9m left and need to put a little towards that to get what we want. But what do I know?
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18/07/2008 18:39:00

The same old Harry. Cry poor. Some of us wondered last season and also before the transfer period, where the funds were going to come from for new players. We were assured by everyone at the club that funds would be available ( to quote Storrie "there will be 4 big name signings in this transfer period") Whilst no sums of money were mentioned, a big name signing costs 5 million or more- a total of 20 million. Crouch cost us 11 million but only 9 million upfront. That amount was always in the budget. We have paid for no one else. So there should be 11 million left. Enough to get SWP. We all always expected 3 or 4 players to be sold to finance the rest of the new players so that is not news. The only thing that has changed is players resolve to stay with the club and not move. With players refusing to go and other clubs no being prepared to better their offers to players, it has left Harry in a spot. The days of "forcing" a player out to suit a club may be ending. Harry is making his statements to cover himself, as usual, and to try to entice other clubs to bid for players as this is not happening at the moment. West Ham are using the same tactic and also saying they are in financial difficulty. As I said in a previous post Harry's tactics don't vary from year to year. The wording may be different but the intent is the same- to get last minute signings at bargain prices.
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19/07/2008 04:55:00

Imagine Harry as your mate!: Hello fellas I'm skint this week not got two pennies to rub together, who wants a drink then. Jeez I'm brassic I can hardly afford to pay the mortgage but do you like me new Bentley I got it with the spare cash that I've had hanging around for the past year, can anybody lend me a tenner for some dog food they haven't eaten for weeks not since I won the lottery, oh is that the time ! must fly gotta hide from the rent collector........ Jeez he'd do ya head in wouldn't he
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