Date:Monday September 8 2008
John Utaka has said that he is totally committed to Pompey and he had no interest in leaving despite reported interest from Lille in August, which he says was 'rubbish' anyway. He even went as far as saying the talk about him leaving were 'lies'.
I have little, or no doubt that he did not want to leave Pompey for whatever reason as the word I have is that he rejected a move to Lille despite an offer being accept? So, yep it seems to completely add up that he did not want to go...
Utaka also went on to again say how he wants to improve as a player and wants that to be in England with us, and also wants to prove how good he really is.
To be honest I am going to take some convincing that he can become the player he claims he will, but as said previously will give him that final chance - but it is time for less talk and more action John!
Also, Stephen Appiah remains a player that is strongly linked to Pompey, with weekend reports claiming that he wants to come to England - which of course gives us a great chance...
However West Ham remain very keen, with it also suggested that Arsenal are seriously considering a move for him - so we have competition for the free agent. 'Reports' today have also said that German duo Bayern Munich and Schalke are also interested as well.
I did not see the game but Appiah is believed to have been outstanding in an international for Ghana on Friday, with him watched by Pompey representatives as well as those from West Ham and Arsenal - and if reports today are true I would suggest those from Munich and Schalke as well?
I would be delighted if we could bring him to Pompey, and there is still a chance but all we can do is now is wait and see! But his future 'should' be sorted out after the international break...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday September 8 2008
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