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Pompey eye another Traore/4 ruled out/HR on Utaka

Pompey eye another Traore/4 ruled out/HR on Utaka

Harry Redknapp has made it clear that he wants to bring in a new left back to add cover/competition to Hermann Hreidarsson. This has seen us 'linked' to Nicky Shorey - but he went to Villa, Wayne Bridge - but he wants to sit on the bench at Chelski and Nadir Belhadj - so far nothing is happening here, until now?

With us turning the loan of Jerome Thomas into a permanent deal we have now made a loan slot available - I am not sure if it is 2 loans, as Pompey say or 4 as others say that are the maximum you can have? - and the suggestion is we could fill this with the loan signing of Arsenal youngster Armand Traore...

Do not be fooled by the name guys, from what I have seen of this Traore he is a fantastic talent, very much in the Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy mould of left backs if you ask me - and only the immense ability of Clichy keeps him from getting more of a look-in at Arsenal in my thinking.

To be honest I was not so sure that we needed to get in a left back, and I know it is only 1 game - and a game against a Chelski side that were fantastic, as poor as we were - but Hreidarsson for the first time in a long time looked out of place and looked all of his 34 years... So if we could bring this kid in on loan then it would not be a bad thing at all, but lets see what happens eh, lots of rumours do the rounds all the time!


Redknapp however has moved to dismiss speculation 'linking' Pompey with 4 free agents, telling The News: 'Juan Pablo Sorin arriving is absolute rubbish. I don't even know where he is.

'I'm not interested in Thomas Gravesen. As for Stephen Appiah, he's injured at the moment, that's why he's left Fenerbahce.

'We won't be signing Jordi Lopez, either. He's gone after his trial. We didn't want to keep him.'

Just as he says this it does not mean none will happen, but again we'll see. I have seen that Lopez is on trial with Blackburn now though!


And finally, with the speculation growing and growing that John Utaka could return to France, with reports in France saying that he is closing in on a move to Lille - I think it is Lille? - Harry Redknapp has backed him. Saying he is still very much in his thoughts but he has to realise that in a 4-4-2 he needs to pull his weight...

I am not convinced that we will ever see him be the player that we want and I am not sure he will be willing to put in a shift as the English game is different to what he is used to, but I am happy for us to give him one final chance up until Christmas - if he fails it will be almost certainly time to say goodbye...

That said if a decent offer does come in then I would suspect he will leave, my only concern is that we possibly would not be given this money to reinvest despite 'links' to the likes of Sydney Govou - I am undecided on this fella, Jermaine Pennant - not for me and Shaun Wright-Phillips - yes please, but highly doubtful.

All in all I feel we would have seen a new signing arrive - other than today's - by the time we face Manyoo on Monday, with an announcement made on Friday looming Perhaps?

Thoughts on all the above as ever please guys...


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Date:Thursday August 21 2008
Time: 12:16PM


Maybe we could borrow Arsenal Traore & swap him for the muppet Traore we got from Liverpool. They may not notice??? LOL.
21/08/2008 12:32:00
Govou scored again for France last night, he would do for me any day of the week!
21/08/2008 12:36:00
Think Pompey should have signed Govou not crouch in the first palce -would have suited 4-5-1 playing on the right & been about 4 million cheaper
21/08/2008 12:57:00
And Pennant would do for me, one of the best crossers of the ball in the premier league, we could probably get him on the cheap. His attitude is the problem but i'm sure Harry would whip him into shape.
21/08/2008 13:00:00
Crouch = waste of maoney and wages
21/08/2008 13:09:00
Good day to you all! 1st post on this site so here goes. It seems to me that we have a problem fitting players into our now chosen formation of 4-4-2. Last season on the whole, the 4-5-1 was pretty successful although I do think that a number of the opposition did figure us out in our usual xmas/january slump (plus the Africa Cup didn`t help). Now HR has come out and stated that we need wide players, both in midfield and defense and that that he`s got a problem with now "having" to play both strikers now we have bought them. Central players we have plenty of so I`m going to suggest a 3-5-2 (or a 3-1-4-2 / 3-5-1-1 or any variation of the 3-5-2!) (Lert to Right) Def: HH SD + 1 from SC, LP or NP (use any of these last 3 as sub/injury cover) Mid: NK (would like to see in the middle behind the front 2 at some point please so then could use JT instead) , LD , PBD, SD, GJ / GL (sub?) For: 2mPeter & JD (obviously!) I believe this will allow flexibility either going forward or back with 1 or 2 players covering either way depending on the situation, it keeps the 5 man midfield and 2 up front without adopting the geordie style of we don`t need a defense coz we can score than you! Also, if someone goes awol, then the cover is there. Sorry if I`m going over old ground and for the excessive use of brackets! Your thoughts please.
21/08/2008 13:29:00
Welcome PompeyRK; you can see a lot more of similar thinking on many of the forums in VP. Go on, dip your toe in, you know you want to.
21/08/2008 14:07:00
I wouldn't mind having Pennant - pace and ability to cross the ball would serve us well. Did we not decide that we can't have SWP (whether we want him or not) as we already have Sahar?
21/08/2008 14:08:00
I think Traore would be a great loan, although i can't see Wenger letting him go permantly, although didn't they just sign Silvestre?? Maybe i don't know what I am talking about. lol
21/08/2008 14:21:00
Great signing traore if it goes through then we get him on permant like sahar !! hope harry accepts a utaka bid then that money can go on pennant or sidney govou 2 good players there both have speed , skill and can certainly cross a ball so com on arry get 2 of them in traore an govou / pennant then appiah and that would be good buisness
stfc ballboy
21/08/2008 15:35:00
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