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Signing no.2 confirmed/Barton rumours/Appiah

Pompey have completed a second signing of the day with the arrival of keeper Jon Stewart...

I assume that he is the keeper that was listed as 'trialist' in our recent behind closed doors friendly with Sunderland, as the image of him on the Pompey Site is one of a player in Pompey training kit so he must have spent a spell with us?

Stewart is a 19-year-old keeper who was a free agent having left Weymouth in the summer.

A surprising signing to say the least, but I would not have thought his wages would be that high and it is only a 1-year deal. I also doubt we would have brought him in if he did not have something about him.

Just because we might not know much about him it does not mean that he is not going to be any good does it. That said I doubt we will see him have much of an impact, if any at all at Pompey at a 1st team level...

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Over the weekend some of you might have seen some 'disturbing reports' that Pompey were keen on bringing Joey Barton in from Newcastle?

Well, these reports included that old favourite some 'quotes form a source close to the player' that 'claimed' Pompey wanted him if the Barcodes wanted to let him go. According to some more 'reports' today sky sports news has said that a top 10 premier league club is talking to the Barcodes with the view to signing him...

We are not a top 10 club this season at the moment - so hopefully this rules us out! If that does not then the fact that we could not afford to sign him will be a card that I hope comes into play! If he would be available on a free then hopefully the fact that he is an animal and should never be allowed to wear the blue of Pompey would ensure we never made this deal possible!

Whilst I would never boo one of our own, as unlikely as I feel it is that Barton would be coming to Pompey - at least I sincerely hope not as he is an animal on and off the pitch that should not even be allowed to play the game any longer as he has had enough 'final chances' - I would never be able to accept him as such, and nor would the vast majority of Pompey fans I dare say.

In a brief appearance at the weekend he showed with his first challenge, which he slightly dived into and was maybe fortunate not to be booked that he probably has not, and will not change...

Nothing more that 'rubbish' speculation methinks, and indeed me hopes too!

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Harry Redknapp is very keen to bring in a powerful midfielder, and whilst Barton has that 'bite' about him I think I make it clear that I pray it is not him that we turn to, and the word I have is that we are still very much in the running for Stephen Appiah and a deal, if not today, is still a possibility - not that I am saying 'it will happen' as I am not, I want to make that clear.

The Ghanaian is said to be keen on Juventus, but they might not be keen on him - whereas word is we are very, very keen on bringing him to Fratton and as he is a free agent this is still possible, and maybe even probable, even if we cannot arrange this deal before midnight...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 1 2008

Time: 7:01PM

Your Comments

i want appiah. iv waited 18 months for him to come, lets not have another "not today, maybe in 6 months" conclusion!
jbaker
Appiah sounds good, no idea about this keeper, although are we not a little overloaded on keepers now? and as for barton - as I have said everyewhere that his name has been mentioned... NO (and I think many people would refuse to accept him as a pompey player, therefore "allowing" them to boo him, and keep the record of never booing one of there own)
pompeycarpet
Sorry I take issue with your "is an animal and should never be allowed to wear a pompey shirt" comment, it should read "is an animal and should not be allowed to wear a football shirt even off of the pitch" But have no fear even he must know what sort of welcome he'd get from the Pompey fans.
Steve C
Breaking News: Portsmouth is the most likely destination for Barton. Terrible news.
jbaker
i think it would split the club, no one wants him but the fans would be split on booing a pompey player or just biting lip. please let this be utter *****...
Midge
Rumours now say Villa and Everton are fighting over Barton. Fighting of course being the word!!
eastneydave
they're welcome to him. although i don't think eithers fans are keen on him either.
Steve C
Stick Barton up your aris, nothing more to say
paultsmouth
everton in all honesty seems the most likely place for him to go - if anywhere. They need a midfielder "with fight", and they don't have even less money tan us (I think!). I feel very sorry for them if he does go there.
pompeycarpet
I hope this time next year i am not saying 'wow, Barton played really well in our European Campaign'... Not likely..
.Andrew.
Barton? No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no.
tracyc
Well said tracyc. Pull up the drawbridge.
hammersmithblue
What does a player have to do to be banned from playing? Surely there's a line, and surely Barton's over it? Kids look up to footballers and there comes a point that managers have to say no. Second chances are for silly boys who get in a scrap in a nightclub not vicious maniacs. I would certainly boo him in a Pompey shirt - if I even went anymore. I'm not quite sure what I'd do, but voting with my feet looks like the only option.
tracyc
no to Barton!
southportpompey
yea well said tracy! got to feel sorry for whoever does pay for him to then only get for a couple of weeks/month before he ends up in jail again lol
pompeym@
Now sky are saying Newcastle want 4mill for Barton, but the club concerned want a player exchange deal, so it could be off, sounds like us so lets hope it falls through.
pompeyyong
i see barton as the sort of player that would fit in well at blackburn. but thats my opinion.
jbaker
barton isnt coming here now, and nor - from the looks of it - is anyone leaving now, just 15 minutes to go, so all looks like being done now...
pompeyrug
bartons not here, everyones happy.
jbaker
No Barton Yay! No Appiah Boo!
sneakay
Glad barton didnt join he is a animal he should be kicked out the game !! Appiah should join
stfc ballboy
 

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