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Kaboul and Shorey apparently on the way to Pompey

Until it happens I will not believe it but 'reports' today claim that Younes Kaboul and Nicky Shorey will soon complete their moves to Pompey as Harry Redknapp looks to complete his summer transfers...

With so many rumours, and then counter rumours - with many contradictory - it makes it hard to know what to believe, but if we could make these transfers happen this week before the charity shield I would be more than happy.

That said - as much as I would like these deals to happen - at the end of the day, much as my cousin and I discussed yesterday when we chatted if we did not bring in anyone else this summer, so long as the vast majority stayed at put at Fratton on the whole we would be happy with our lot. The biggest plus would be a left sided midfielder, which I think after a lot of thinking is actually what we need more than anything as we really are down to the 'bare bones' here, but if we could not bring in anyone else now we would be content...

Look at it this way, despite the departure of Sulley Muntari you cannot question that we have a better squad than we did this time last year, and we are arguably - although some might not agree - stronger now than we were at the end of last season.

In hindsight I think that we could have really done without the 'promises' that where made at the start of the summer as to who would and would not arrive and the negativity coming from Redknapp - as much as I love the fella - because then I do not think we would be that unhappy at all, and rightly so...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 4 2008

Time: 11:37AM

Your Comments

'Apparantly' is he word that concerns me. However, we have huge credibility now & if we can pay the wages/fees we should be able to get who we want, outside the top 4 & the silly money Spurs & Man City are spending. Top players want to come to us & why shouldn't they?
storagematt
I personally cant wait for the transfer window to close so all the rumours and paper talk will end. I'm with you Rug, the early promises we could have done without this summer has been (nearly) nothing but talk and speculation.
SUAC51
I would only believe this when it happens as the papers and that do talk **** . Kaboul will definately come as he said 'he only wants to join us'. But for shorey i reckon he might go to villa i hope i am wrong but i dont reckon he will be joining. But we need the players before the weekend as they can bond ready for the community shelid then the premiership (2 weeks time) .
stfc ballboy
Not seen either of them in Eastleigh!! Then I was told Chimbonda was there two weeks ago and that was rubbish. Hurry up Harry!!
eastneydave
Rug, I'm not sure we are any stronger than we were at the end of last season, even with Crouchie joining. I think we do need another left back and Shorey would fit the bill but I think he may end up elsewhere. Kaboul I'm not convinced by as player or a person but again think we need CB cover as Campbell will have been found out for this season. Still think we need players who can get the ball in the box for Crouchie and Defoe and as yet I don't see them in the squad. I spent some time yesterday having a look through current squads and there possible finishes. I've got us down for 8th or 9th.
bluedr
Great thing we have over Villa, is that Shorey must live pretty near by, so its proberbley better for his family/social situation to come to us....plus Little is ment to be his best mate, should help. Still, paper talk is just talk, I dont believe any of it now, how the hell are you ment to know if anything is credible??
CharlieChimes
I'm not sure we're stronger than we were a year ago either. Theoretically, of course we are, with Crouch, Defoe and Diarra coming in and Benjani and Muntari going out, but from what I've seen so far this preseason, we don't look anything like as strong in defence as we did last year. Shorey and Kaboul would go a long way to fixing that, but I'll believe it when I see it.
PhilTaglia
Although we hate all the paper talk we love it. The close season would be miserable if not for us being linked with about three teams worth of players. What about this international Algerian left back? Shorey must be a decent player but his team got stuffed fairly regularly last season, so he must take part of the blame. But then, Hermie has played big parts in many relegated teams, so who knows. I'm with a bunch of you lot above, I'll believe it when I see it but will secretly wish for a ball playing maestro like D'Alessandro. I'm not holding my breath, though.
Et_tu_Pompeii
Lets just get the signings wrapped up before we all fall asleep from repetative stories.
sneakay
Shorey definitely leaving this week according to Coppell, but Villa are in for him and Kaboul as well, both would come to us I feel, but we have to match what the others are asking, if Spurs seriously want to re-coup all the 7m they paid for Kaboul, he won't be wearing blue next season that's for sure!
paultsmouth
I'm not going to comment on rumours - have been fed up with it all ever since we found out we haven't got the dosh we were led to believe we had. But I will say this: I find it very refreshing that we can't get players cos we don't have the dosh, as opposed to the scenario two years ago when nobody wanted to to come to us even if we had a truckload of the stuff. But if I was forced to comment......then I reckon Paultsmouth has it wrapped up about right. I hope we are both wrong!
Gandor
if we pay the amount the clubs are asking for, we will sign both of them - I have no doubt about that... it's just whether we will think we are being ripped off or not!
pompeycarpet
I hope this isnt just speculation, "we've got tha Bleedin Charity Shield this soonday!" hows that for typing in an english accent ;)
nodster
One thing I noticed on the Pompey Website. Nothing has been said about Kanu having signed but I noticed on the Safari photo he was sitting in the truck smiling with the other players. Not really the action a player who was leaving would take-unless he was looking to catch an antelope for dinner
frattonaussie
Kanu will sign... he just never signs untill the VERY last minute... probably so he gets to miss out on pre-season :-)
pompeycarpet
Sunderland was the team who bid for Shorey, but Villa & us waiting in the wings boaring, spuds can't agree the price for Kaboul same old drag out news
pompeyyong
Kanu has just signed a one year contract
pompeyyong
And both of these have been cancelled out by statements already...our bid for Shorey fell short and Spurs now say they want 8m from what I saw.
pompeywa
 

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