The tale of two 'exclusives'...
A new day and 'fresh rumours', although not exactly fresh - merely a different takes on stories that have been rife for so long...
First up comes an 'exclusive' from our old friend Alan Nixon in the Sunday People - who seems to have a 'new exclusive' for Pompey, and others, almost every week and most fail to come to fruition! Well, the claims are that 'super agent' Pini Zahavi is trying to put together a consortium to 'rescue' Pompey, although mainly to cash in!
The 'claim' is that Zahavi, who is no stranger to Pompey having been involved in several deals with the club before, is trying to pull together a handful of 'rich businessmen' with the view to taking over Pompey.
Basically his proposal, if there is any truth to it, is to make Pompey a 'shop window' as it is also 'said' that his plan is to bring in young talent from around the globe and cash in on their potential, with the turnover of players going to be regular - so all in all this seems purely a business and money making proposal. Would it allow us to also keep star names though, or would they also be cashed in on...
To all intent and purpose if this came off we would become a 'feeder club' for anyone and everyone!
Whereas in the Observer they say that 'Europe's richest man' Rinat Akhmetov has turned down the chance to buy us. He was 'apparently' approached but immediately turned down the offer - with a South African consortium also 'in talks' with Sacha Gaydamak...
All this talk of takeovers cannot really be doing much to help the current situation can it?
Things are tough enough as they are at the moment, but uncertainty surrounding the club and its financial situation cannot be helping - one thing that seems abundantly clear though is we need some financial input!
'Exclusive' number two, also in the Sunday People, 'claims' that we have 'thrashed out an amazing deal' with Harry Redknapp that allows him to have 'first option' on players in 'our January sale'...
The claim is that Peter Storrie has struck this deal, which if true will be another kick in the crown jewels should we have agreed to sell out to the fella that sold us out!
David James, Lassana Diarra, Niko Kranjcar, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe are all names that are being said to be up for sale come January. Although the former Spurs striker cannot return to Spurs until the summer, can he?
Players going, although not really something I want to contemplate, is something that is a near certainty to happen - but if we have agreed to sell to Spurs that will be a bitter, bitter pill to swallow, even more so if we are willing to sell for as little as is being 'quoted'. Diarra for as little as £12m for example - surely we should be looking for at least £20m even in the current financial climate. Manyoo, with it claimed a deadline day offer was rejected, are also being linked with him as are Citeh, so 'if' we must sell him why not at least get a bidding war going instead of 'agreeing' he can join forces with our old boss!
As much as I do not want anyone to go, some will have to, but offloading Diarra for a hefty amount would at least reduce the need to sell that many others you would hope, as that should at least keep the wolves from the door for a while longer...
I am dreading the New Year arriving, I will dread it even more if we offload most of our star name players, even more so if we offload them to Spurs!
Tony Adams however remains adamant that he will not stand for the star names being sold: 'I told them at the club if you sell my players, I will walk.
'That would be cutting my throat. There would be every chance we would be relegated.
'Without good players, you can't do anything.'
PLAY UP POMPEY!