UK time is: 19:51:38
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Appiah to Pompey a no go?

Unfortunately it would seem that our chances of bringing Stephen Appiah to Fratton are fading, if not gone...

The Ghanaian captain is being quoted as basically saying that he wants to go to a London club and has the option of a couple, Arsenal and West Ham - and will go to the one that 'offers him the best deal'. Although Bayern Munich, clearly not a London club, are also being 'heavily linked'.

How true quotes are you never know, and I am not sure if he means 'best deal' in terms of most money offered? Although 'if' money is what he means this is not what we want anyway do we? He is a fantastic footballer and would make a great signing, on a free even better, but we do not want a mercenary on our hands do we. If money is not the issue, but the big draw of London is it is a shame that he would not appear to realise just how close Pompey is to the capital, but there you go...

Harry Redknapp had confirmed an interest, but said two London clubs were in for him so it would be tough for us. Funds are tight, as we know, so as much as bringing Appiah in would be fantastic, if we cannot do this then we will still be ok - we might be shortish in numbers but we will be alright, we just need to ensure that we rotate at the right times to keep people fresh and ready to play in needed.

Until a deal is done you never know do you, but my thinking is that the chances of us signing him now appear to be much more unlikely than they might have a few days back - but with Pompey I think we have all learned that you can never say never...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Vital Fantasy Football




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!




Win £1,000,000 every week with Man of the Match®

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 11 2008

Time: 8:09AM

Your Comments

As you say, until the deal is done you never know.
sneakay
It would be hard to compete with Arsenal if they are in the frame but West Ham??? Well if he ain't interested in us, his loss.
storagematt
Fine, clear off...i'm sick to death with mercenaries.
pentonpompey
we dont need someone with a character like that. who the hell wants to live in london anyway! id laugh if he goes to west ham ... a team that dont know where theyre going, and arsenal ... coz hes gonna get first team football isnt he? lol.
pompey--pessimist
you never know he might get a game at arsenal, hes only got diaby and denilson to contend with in the centre for that spot alongside fabreegas, and he has alot more experience than them. its a shame though, as appiah would fit into our squad well and hes been linked with us for ages!
jbaker
He should come to Pompey, as at least here he will have a manager that is actually from London.. Can't get more London like then old 'arry. He is dreaming if he thinks he would get in the Arsenal squad... Would be a wasted transfer.
.Andrew.
If its only money he is interested in, then he won't care if he sits on the bench at Arsenal or if West Ham are a rubbish destination. Good luck to him, I say, and lets get on with what we've got, which isn't bad and which Harru will make the most of.
Gandor
He's a fantastic footballer - without qestion. In fact, I think he WOULD make the arsenal team if he goes there - at least the squad - and he is the right type of player for them too - so that is where I expect him to go. West ham would be the wrong choice - as if I were him, I would certainly want to be playing in europe, as he is near the end of his career now (i think) - so europe will be a big draw. If we sign him, great, if not - it's not a massive loss though.
pompeycarpet
Appiah will not play for Arsenal, not that he is not good enough, but the fact that today Wenger has said that they are not in for him, so we are still in the running with West Ham.
pompeyyong
after Essien's injury he may well turn up at Stamford Bridge!
merlin
What on the number 72 Merlin?
pentonpompey
News is that Arsenal have pulled out of the running so if he wants the premiership and wants London.. That only leaves West Ham...
Chix
He's too injury prone anyway and we have davis to play in his position.
pompeysno.9
"He's too injury prone anyway and we have davis to play in his position." - I think I sence someone trying to soften the blow... he is a very good player - do not under-estimate that, so he would be quite a player to loose to west ham...
pompeycarpet
Appiah likes to get forward not just a defencive midfield player would fit in our team great, but as merlin said with Essien's injury rumours link Chelsea now.
pompeyyong
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

A mini Pompey wrap (Thursday April 17 2014)

On this day in history...17th April (Thursday April 17 2014)

Toast Special - The run in (Wednesday April 16 2014)

On this day in history...16th April (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Ferry out for the season? (Tuesday April 15 2014)

On this day in history...15th April (Tuesday April 15 2014)

Confidence matters (Monday April 14 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Pompey Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. storagematt 95
2. PFCblue 74
3. mslorna48 64
4. pompeyrug 55
5. Emsworthianblue 38
6. Pompeytim 31
7. Lemmi 26
8. eastneydave 25
9. PompeyJake 12
10. Jimsmithswig 11

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. Newport 42 13 14 15 -3 53
14. Wimbledon 42 13 13 16 -5 52
15. Cheltenham 42 12 16 14 -8 52
16. Portsmouth 42 12 15 15 -12 51
17. Accrington 42 12 14 16 -3 50
18. Hartlepool 42 13 10 19 -2 49
19. Morecambe 42 12 13 17 -14 49

Breaking League News

Striker undergoes surgery
» York : 17/04/2014 17:22:00
Cool on the spot
» York : 17/04/2014 17:02:00
Iron army out in force at Morecambe
» Scunthorpe : 17/04/2014 16:23:00
City face Oxford examination
» York : 17/04/2014 16:13:00
A mini Pompey wrap
» Portsmouth : 17/04/2014 09:29:00
On this day in history...17th April
» Portsmouth : 17/04/2014 07:00:00
Better Squad And Better Belief
» Northampton : 16/04/2014 21:22:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Pompey v Bristol Rovers?
Suggested By:  
Pompey win 67%
Bristol Rovers win 0%
Draw 33%