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Pedro on his way out/Thomas on his way in?

Pedro on his way out/Thomas on his way in?

Despite previous 'claims' that Rangers could not afford his wages and Pompey saying that he would not be sold 'reports' today are claiming that Pedro Mendes is on the verge of joining the Scottish club...

Letting him leave in my thinking would be bad enough, as it is my view that the departure of Sulley Muntari was not actually that bad a thing as it allowed Mendes back into the side, which then allowed Lassana Diarra off the leash... Letting him leave for a p**s poor amount of £2.5m or 'as much' as £3m is a disgrace!

The fact that we need to offload players seems as though we will have to sacrifice him as others are unwilling to leave. If they want to stay for the fight, fair enough if they want to stay for the cushy wages shame on them - but then again we gave them the wages, so it is our fault!

I retain hope that these 'reports' are false, and maybe I am clutching at straws, but they might be an attempt by Rangers to get Fulham to lower their asking price for another target Steven Davis? But I think this is probably my heart talking and not my head...

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Coming the other way will be Jerome Thomas, as the Charlton winger is set to sign on loan after years of links to him.

I am sure that the signing of Thomas will be met with plenty of 'moans and groans' and talks of 'a Championship reject' but look at the bigger picture here guys, the fella is a left winger - we are desperate for a left sided player to act as cover for Niko Kranjcar/challenge him. In this 25-year-old we will have this!

To be honest I am not keen on the guy on a personal level as his temperament and off the field antics seem to be suspect, but he has had potential for many years but a lack of application has failed to see this materialise - how often do we bring players like that in and turn their careers round though! So bare this in mind here...

Lets give the fella a chance; he adds another option to the left - which as said we needed so, so badly! - and if he hits the ground running he will offer us something. Not the name people might have wanted, but adding a left sided player was a must!

Ok, I might be looking for a positive spin on things here but maybe, just maybe if Mendes does go and Thomas proves a success we might yet see Kranjcar move into a more central role, a free role behind the strikers - which is without doubt his best position.

Thoughts on all the above please guys...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday August 15 2008
Time: 10:34AM

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we just signed thomas! sky sports breaking news
pompeyhaz
15/08/2008 10:42:00
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rangers look certain to sign mendes then , yesss!!!!!!!
gers1872
15/08/2008 10:43:00
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on the official site now, season loan - we needed a left sided player desperately, we now have him...
pompeyrug
15/08/2008 10:46:00
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i hope you're wrong gers1872, but i think you are right - and you will be delighted if he signs!
pompeyrug
15/08/2008 10:47:00
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surely redknapp must have a cm lined up if pedro leaves?
pompeyhaz
15/08/2008 11:04:00
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Well Storrie has already said the doors are now shut, yet Thomas has arrived on loan? If Pedro leave we will be short of decent centre mids so I hope he has a plan.
sneakay
15/08/2008 11:09:00
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My dad spoke to Pedro yesterday and he said that he was catching a flight to Portugal today which I didn't think was good if we were keeping him?
stillthewhizz
15/08/2008 11:11:00
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I don't know enough about Thomas to comment. As for Mendes you'd hope this is part of a plan... But Kranky in central midfield? - I don't see it. He's not fit enough or fast enough to compete in that position in the Prem.
ChrisW
15/08/2008 11:50:00
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If mendes does go he will be misses, i personally saw him in the middle with Diarra as our best pairing for this season. Lets hope Harry has got one up his sleeve and Storrie's talk was BS...
southportpompey
15/08/2008 12:26:00
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Having featured in our last 2 wembley appearences, I thought PM (oo PM) was once again on the verge of regular 1st team football. I feel very down that he is off :(
UKTony
15/08/2008 12:31:00
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