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Motta to Italy/Appiah still on/ownership claims

There was some talk over the weekend that we were still keeping tabs on Thiago Motta, and he 'might' still sign despite him failing to secure a deal with Pompey earlier in the summer after a trial.

He did impress but it is said that the possible problems with his knees saw us opt against signing him at the time, but we were keeping tabs on him and could still look to resurrect a deal.

If 'reports' are to be believed though it looks as though he is off to Italy with a move to Genoa said to be immanent, if not already completed...


Although our attempts to sign a midfielder could still see Stephen Appiah arrive, as these attempts are still ongoing, despite claims that he had ruled out a move to us last week...

Harry Redknapp has told The News: 'it hasn't moved on really. He's a good player, but I don't know if I will be able to bring anyone else in.

'It's not dead. I tried to buy him a couple of years ago and they were asking for £10m.

'He's a good player, but whether I'm in a position to do it, I don't know.

'He's a free agent, but he won't come cheap. He will be on big money.'

The suggestion last week was that he would go to the highest bidder, which if true is not something that we want as we do not need, or want mercenaries here, but as said at the time with 'quotes' you never know what is, and what is not true do you...

'If' we can still sign Appiah, and 'if' he wants to come here for the football and not the money - not that we have much so could not outbid anyone on that score! - I would still be delighted to have him here!

But, again as previously said lets just wait and see what happens...


Today 'rumours' have started circulating that Pompey are not owned by Sacha Gaydamak but, as has been suspected for some time, it is actually his father Arcadi Gaydamak that owns Pompey, with it claimed this is at his own admission...

However Pompey have moved to deny these claims with spokesman Gary Double saying: 'Portsmouth Football Club is owned 100 percent by Sacha Gaydamak not his father.

'I have seen a translation of the Israeli article and there is no mention whatsoever in the interview of Portsmouth Football Club.'

Thoughts on all the above please as always guys...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 15 2008

Time: 6:08PM

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The Gaydamak issue has always been cloudy, Sacha may just be a figurehead for his father, but surely the FA will have documentation to back up any theories?
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15/09/2008 18:31:00

Not that old chestnut again,
Steve C
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15/09/2008 19:22:00

Arcadi Gaydamak is a man who has a lot to say and has been trying to prove his wealth as he is standing for Mayor of Jerusalem. I looked at the Israeli press earlier with a view to writing this one up but decided against it - time was against it and it needed a lot of research. The Times picked it up this morning from the Israeli paper Yedioth Ahronot where he was trying to prove worth $1Billion. Gaydamak valued Pompey at 1,895,700,000 shekels about £300 Million. He also claims the Dubai Royal family are investing in the new Pompey Stadium!! Curiouser and curiouser.
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15/09/2008 20:09:00

bring on the Arabs !!!!!!
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15/09/2008 20:10:00

paultsmouth you are right, cloudier than a pint of worst in rugs pub :-). In SA companies it is very difficult to establish who is the true owner as in the global economy uk company law will does not now over rule euro law. As pompeyrug will confirm I have always said pompey are up for sail and have been quietly touted about in the states and Mid east and singapore; i do not now believe the club denials. The selling of the club is not particularly an issue as the club is seen as a positive going concern and any stadium planning will enhance that. The one thing that i had noticed in my various trips east is that as a club pompey are much more visible. gaydamak money is mostly in property funding which is in short supply, but that is not their only business lines so i dont think the club is at any risk as they are prepared to make tough decisions. but we live in interesting times.
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15/09/2008 20:28:00

I am still looking forward to the day when I go to the far east (or middle east... or africa...) and see someone (not a tourist) in a pompey shirt, (even if it is a fake...)... I think we have a long way to go in that respect (maybe a start would be funding me to go to these places to check *hint hint* :-) )
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15/09/2008 20:39:00

pompeycarpet- i was in Hong Kong over the summer and saw two locals wearing pompey shirts. maybe this was to do with our asia trophy win?
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15/09/2008 20:42:00

I heard that Mike Ashley was going to swap newcastle utd for southampton with Rupert Lowe and install Mat le Tis as manager, then introduce .... well I'll leave you finish this off. Seriously..if Arabs might not take kindly to our badge
plymouth graham
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15/09/2008 21:28:00

I think the FA must have been satisfied that Sacha provided the correct evidence in thier rules on fair and honest trading. So if he has done that or somehow pulled a flanker using his old mans money then yeh ha!. Either way it has enabled us to move on big time. If he does sell up and the Arabs come in, my big worry is that Harry will be not allowed to control the team as much. We couldn't ask for a better situation with Sacha as he gives Harry money to spend, sits back and then watches what is happening on the pitch. Yes it would be nice to have loads of cash to go out and buy whoever we want, but then as Harry has said, any body can go and do that. I for one hope Sacha stays and he gets the new stadium built. I don't think the hold up is from him I reckon its the poxy Pompey Council dragging their heels yet again.
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16/09/2008 07:27:00

blarmy, see my comment on the arab/diarra story. it cant be the councils fault - the club havnt submitted any plans/sought advice on how to get planning permission from the council.
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16/09/2008 07:56:00

Well lets just hope it doesn't interfere with the decent football taht we seem to have started playing.
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16/09/2008 08:59:00

We could be in for an interesting January, fire sale!!!!???? Let fckin hope not.
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16/09/2008 11:45:00

It all sounds very odd to me! But I truly hope we don't start tinkering in January with the team we have at the moment. Athough, am I right in thinking that Traore is only on loan until Christmas and then he goes back to Arsenal?
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17/09/2008 00:50:00

I think we have him for the entire season
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17/09/2008 19:11:00


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