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Pompey nip in to steal Kaboul!

Pompey nip in to steal Kaboul!

'Reports' in The Daily Star shortly after midnight were 'claiming' that Harry Redknapp is himself 'claiming' we have nipped in to beat Sunderland and Villa to the signing of Younes Kaboul!

The Frenchman has been a target all summer, with him also very keen to come here but a deal for him to go to Sunderland looked nailed on until he requested extra time 'on family reasons' before committing to the deal - this coincided with a reported late bid from Villa...

It was thought that we might launch a late counter offer ourselves, and this appears to be the case if the quotes are to be believed: 'Sunderland and Villa both made fantastic offers, but the lad decided he wanted to come to Portsmouth.

'Hopefully the deal will be completed over the weekend. Younes is a good, young player with bags of potential. He will be a great addition to our squad.'

The suggestion is that we have signed him from Spurs in a deal worth £3m?

'If' we have pulled off this signing and stolen him from under the noses of Villa - and more to the point Sunderland, as pleased as I will be as I think he has tremendous ability despite a 'difficult' season with Spurs, I would be slightly disappointed in a way as after calling for a Pompey move all summer, when it looked like he would not get it after initial claims he would not sign for Sunderland 'even if there was an earthquake', after deciding it would be a good move for him in the end - when maybe no one else was interested? - to then make another U-turn leaves a slight sour taste in my mouth to be honest...

Then again, that said 'if' this is confirmed as having happened that's the way things are in football these days isn't it really I guess! Sunderland's loss would be our gain, and as said I think his signing would eventually be a very good gain.


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Date:Saturday July 26 2008
Time: 1:13AM


He had a big reputation but didn't settle at Spurs so he may be a good buy if it eventuates.
26/07/2008 02:55:00
Lots of promising players go to Spurs and flop, so I won't hold that against him if he signs for us. Clean slate time.
26/07/2008 08:08:00
if it happens, this is a very good signing. I rate him, hes a great addition to the squad!
26/07/2008 08:18:00
I do not think Sunderland management will be very happy if this is true, we did the same with Nugent.
26/07/2008 08:44:00
Sounds like a typical Redknapp/Storrie transfer - cloak and dagger stuff. If true it will be great news as Kaboul is a fine young prospect.
26/07/2008 08:46:00
. . . . . and at, possibly, 3 million, a steal!
26/07/2008 09:01:00
What are you prattling on about? Sour taste? You write as if you can piece together the full detail of Kabouls thoughts and actions from a couple of red-top headlines. Is anyone really that dense? Even if the gist of those stories are true they tell how Kaboul alwaya wanted to comer to FP, settled for Sunderland when that appeared not to be happening and at the last minute had his wish fulfilled. What is remotely wrong about that? Sour taste? Get a grip. Let's just hope it happens
26/07/2008 09:38:00
I've got no doubt the player wants to go to Pompey but for £3m? Spurs would not sell a player who last year cost them £7m this year for £3m, especially when Sunderland are offering twice that. This saga might just have a couple more twists yet :)
26/07/2008 10:06:00
Come on boys steal him from under the noses of Sunderland.
26/07/2008 10:39:00
Pompey have had an offer on the table for weeks, so our interest is hardly 11th hour, maybe the sum has just been upped, Kaboul though has the talent, alongside Distin (speaks the language) or Campbell he will get the fatherly guidance he needs, when King played alongside him at Spurs he looked top-drawer
26/07/2008 10:40:00
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