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Redknapp downbeat on Motta chances

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


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!
29/08/2008 16:35:00
Lets hope his knee is up to scratch!
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
29/08/2008 17:22:00
Penton,"HR" fans call it bluff.
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.
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
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
29/08/2008 19:17:00
Rumors still saying we are in contact with with Stephen Appiah checking on his situation day by day ?
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.
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
29/08/2008 21:14:00
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