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Redknapp downbeat on Motta chances

Seeing, or should I say hearing Harry Redknapp playing down a situation is not anything new to us is it, so his thoughts that Thiago Motta might not sign are nothing new...

The Spanish midfielder has been on trial with Pompey - with it thought that we want him to sign a deal but his wage demands could scupper this, along with our apparent desire to only offer him a short term contract?

Redknapp likes the former Barcelona star, but is concerned by his past injury problems and is not holding out much hope of doing a deal - telling The News: 'Motta's been training and I like him. Peter's made him an offer.

'I don't know where he's at with him, he deals with contracts. But I'm getting the feeling nothing's going to happen. The lad's had a bad knee injury.

'If his knee's okay he'll be a good player and he's looked good in training.

'I saw him play at Chelsea in the Champions League for Barcelona a few years ago. They were fantastic that night and they beat Chelsea.

'He played in the middle of the park. He's a good player. I don't think it will happen, though.'

Surely we would be able to have something written into a contract to protect us again injury returning? Although I do not think this is our main problem here, it seems to be the apparent wage demands of the Brazilian, which reports claim are £60,000 per week - which is something we would not pay.

We will soon find out what really will be the case here - this could be a typical HR bluff? If not so be it, that is the way it goes...


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Date:Friday August 29 2008

Time: 4:04PM

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Harry's down beat?...After being lied to since May about our potential dealings this summer, so am I!!!! Why can't Pompey learn from past mistakes, and SHUT UP about our targets? I hope to God we get in a wide player and a creative midfielder otherwise this is gonna be a long hard slog!
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29/08/2008 16:35:00

Lets hope his knee is up to scratch!
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29/08/2008 16:42:00

There's only the weekend to go to get someone creative in, i hope the club realise that because if someone doesn't do something soon our season will be over before the transfer window opens again. I honestly feel that we're weaker this season than last and that was before Niko's injury.
Steve C
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29/08/2008 17:22:00

Penton,"HR" fans call it bluff.
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29/08/2008 17:29:00

I hope they pull something out of the hat before the end of the weekend (Monday isn't it.) But its not looking good, there really is no more money, otherwise we wouldn't have let SWP slip through our clutches. I'm starting to adjust my expectations rapidly, we really do have to be happy with a top half finish this year, if we can get that.
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29/08/2008 17:46:00

I'm with you on that Tracy, i'm usually the eternal optimist but this season is going to be a struggle even without the added uefa complication. Anything above the bottom 3 will have to do, i really hoped we'd do better this year than last. Muntari and Mendes are going to be sorely missed. The Muntari sale was a complete no brainer at that price but should've held on to Mendes or got a better price.
Steve C
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29/08/2008 18:08:00

hmm glad to hear i'm not the only one feeling a bit downbeat about the upcoming season/transfer situation but i do agree with steve about the sales of mendes and muntari. but we really do need a playmaker i think probably more than a right winger cause i think little could do quite well there but we have no creative and that just can't be allowed to happen
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29/08/2008 19:17:00

Rumors still saying we are in contact with with Stephen Appiah checking on his situation day by day ?
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29/08/2008 19:53:00

Bloody shame we can't build on our success of last season. If we have an 'avaerage' season, then this time next year we may lose more of our crown jewels & find it harder to attract quality. a negative domino effect. Compared to the postive domino effect of recent seasons.
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29/08/2008 21:06:00

It's a bit saddening ( maddening) to find out we took Saha on loan knowing it would block out SWP due to the loan quota. I wouldnt mind Appiah nor motta but i'm not convinced either will stick. I think the club financial model has been property credit crunched and i dont expect us to put too much effort into Uefa. Those dim brainers who wanted Muntari sold i assume are now delightting in the lack of supply to the forwards; but despite all the above we will recover i am sure
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29/08/2008 21:14:00

Russell, i'm one of those dim brainers, but only because i'd hoped we'd get something better. But never would I have wanted him sold only to sell ourselves short!!
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29/08/2008 21:31:00

muntari 4 crouch ... not looking a good move imho! 4-5-1 is our formation, as they say, dont fix something that aint broke!
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29/08/2008 22:04:00

I could have sworn I replied to this earlier, but I can't see it. Anyway, as I thought I said the last time, I'm not convinced that Harry knew the financial situation when he bought Crouch. I have a real hard time believing he bought Crouch knowing that it meant not getting any of our other targets and having to sell one of our most important players. But maybe I'm wrong. He's not likely to admit it and drop PS or Sacha in it even if I'm right.
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30/08/2008 01:26:00

who currently earns the most @ pompey? Crouch at what 75k?? i read that Sol is on 100k/wk, i bloody hope not...
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30/08/2008 06:27:00

This situation makes no sense at all. This situation makes no sense at all.
First, we are a team going places in Europe and The Premier League with money to spend and reinforce an already strong squad.
Then, we announce plans to recruit Peter Crouch and two or three other Top Targets.
The Targets are believed to be players of the calibre of (that little git) Sean Wright Phillips and a host of top European names.
Then, we seem to be struggling to sign anyone other than the Tall One. Again money seems not to be the problem here. Just persuading players to come to Pompey, even though, that 'problem' seemed to resigned to the past, what with our New Found status as Cup Winner and Euro participants.
Then, suddenly we are told that in order to sign New Top Players, we must sell? eh?
So, we sell The Munter to some foreign team, which is really terrible news - But we now think the money is there to prise (that little git) Sean Wright Phillips away from Chelsea. 'Hooray, some service to Crouchy' we all think.
But, the only arrival is 'The Rock' look-a-like, Ernie Kaboul.
But we think, 'Hmmm, that must have been a 'done deal' and 'The Munter' sale proceeds are being kept in a shoe box under P Storrie's bed for The Big One, or in other words, (that little git) Sean Wright Phillips.
"We must sell again", Hal informs us.
Cuh! Ok, to get someone good (we all mentally scan the list of 'links' again to reasure us there is still someone good out there) fair enough.
Pedro is sold. Noooooooooooooo.
. . . . . . and still there is no money and no Top Player and now, no Sulley or Pedro and, to be frank, a weak midfield.
Of course, in the meantime, all of our 'competition' bar The Toffeemen have been buying like it's going out of fasion.
And so here we are: A lanky England striker who has done absolutely nothing in two Prem matches so far; a loan youth striker from Chelsea; a loan youth defender from The A*se; a Championship, right footed, left winger who has caused a bunch of problems over his short career; an injury prone right wing, free transfer; an expensive Frenchman who couldn't get into a rubbish Spurs defence; and that's about it.
So, how can Peter Storrie sleep at nights knowing the club in this situation?
Not being able to get players in is one thing but 'The Announcements' at the beginning of the Transfer Window now seem the kind of thing which would get you and me the sack, taken to court or stoned (the one with stones) at least.
All in all, a miserable time for most of us, and when an injury prone, over-paid Brazillian, with a name that makes you think of a recently retired, sheepskin coat wearing, midlands football commentator, is our only saviour, then God help us.
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30/08/2008 08:07:00

Et_tu_, I agree, a cock up of gigantic proportions. Courageous post though....
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30/08/2008 08:55:00

your first post pentonpompey was along the lines i started to write at the end of the article, but changed my mind...i dont want to hear about our targets anymore, i dont want to know if we cannot afford them or whatever - if we want them and can afford them sign them, if we cannot afford/dont want them then say nothing...
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30/08/2008 09:25:00

of course muntari is a quality footballer, and a footballer we miss and as much as i would have liked him to stay i still maintain my thoughts russellm - being all official here, no russ ;-) - that we will not be that much worse off without him... it was a good deal for us, and a deal we had to take - he had a decent season last season but there would be no assurances that he would have been better this season, even tho i think he might have...
yep he has gone back to italy and is doing well, but italy is different to england so until the day comes - if it does - and he returns to england we will never really know if we did the right thing...
i still know who i would rather have sold given a choice between kranjcar, diarra and muntari - and from the looks of it 1 had to go!
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30/08/2008 09:30:00

Et_tu_Pompeii, all in all a really good post mate - not sure about the text or its size tho ;-) slightly bigger might have been better :-) - but things will start to look better soon, i dont want to go over old ground as i had my say in the 'i could not have ask for more...' article earlier in the week...
lets face it we arent going to be spending big over the next 48-72 hours or so, if we were we would have stepped in and good SWP - but we will pull something out of the bag, and the next 4-5 games will give us a much better impression of what is instore for our season, the opening 2 games were as tough as it gets - but they are now gone, HR was almost certainly overly wary of the threat on offer but against most other sides he will be more attack minded and look to have men in wide areas, which we do have a few of...
im still convinced we are good enough to match, if not better what we did last season, the strikers need service as its not fair to lay the blame on them, especially crouchy - god help us if we dont get anything today at everton tho as we will be rooted to the foot of the table going into an international break which will see spirits in and around pompey at an all time low, even if i would not be in that same boat...
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30/08/2008 09:39:00

Sorry PR wrote it in another prog to give me more time and it went funny!
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30/08/2008 11:19:00

It is easy to get a bit glum after playing the two best teams in Europe but I'm still (almost always) optimistic about our team. Harry is The Man, a real manager and he will show us that soon. Once we play a middling team which allows us to 'click' we'll be fine. Some kind of result at Goodison, today, will be a good start. Play up Pompey.
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30/08/2008 11:23:00

Maybe it's a good thing that Motta looks unlikely to sign. I mean take a look at Spurs, they signed aload of 'quality' players, and they are suffering. I think we could do just as well without Motta, with the players we have now. As long as we keep the likes of Diarra (who ironically has been linked with Spurs), Defoe, Davis & Utaka (ish), then i think we can do well. Need to forget the injury plagued ones. The performance at Everton shows we are ready for whatever it thrown at us.
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31/08/2008 14:54:00


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