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Diarra closing in on a return

Diarra to hand us Christmas cheer?
Lassana Diarra could hand us a good Christmas present as he is 'pencilled in' to make his Pompey return before the end of the year, and 'maybe' even against Bolton a week Saturday!

The Frenchman has not played since getting injured against West Ham, and with reports growing all the time that he will be sold in January, many had feared he has played his last game for Pompey - but he will return to training next week and 'could' face Bolton, if not he would almost certainly be fit to face West Ham on Boxing Day and then Arsenal on the 28th.

'Reports' claim that a deal has already been done with Citeh with a fee between 18m and 23m agreed for his transfer when the window opens in January - with 'conspiracy theorist' saying that he is not actually injured, or not as bad as it was claimed, hence his not playing.

Maybe he will go, maybe not - either way if he is here beyond next summer I would be amazed, but 'if' we see him again in a Pompey shirt before January it will surely answer the question about a deal already being done? My own thinking is he 'might' go, but I find it hard to believe that we would willingly not play him, even 'if' picking up another injury would 'jeopardise' a move, if we could...

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Duo set to return against the barcodes
Diarra might be a cert to miss the Newcastle game and injury will also rule out Younes Kaboul and John Utaka, along with the suspended Papa Bouba Diop but Armand Traore - after a hamstring problem - and Richard Hughes - after injuring his own ankle - are back in contention, and could return.

Seeing both return would be a big boost, should Traore return it would be a very welcome - if not expected - bonus as when he limped off against Wolfsburg last week I did not expect to see him play again this side of Christmas. We all know what Hughes brings to us, so who would not want him back!

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Johnson on HR's shopping list
The latest name, albeit not really a surprise, added to Harry Redknapp's apparent shopping list - a list that runs into millions! - is Glen Johnson.

He is certainly one of 'Redknapp's boys', and who would not be interested in the England man, but if he - or anyone else - thinks that they will pick him up for a meagre 6m then they want to have a serious rethink.

Yep, everyone has a price, but we would be incredibly stupid to sell him for such a small amount, then again we do have a habit of selling players below the true value - something that winds me up no end!

Quite how Spurs are meant to fund all the 'apparent' transfers they will make in January, with players from us alone, is beyond me...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 11 2008

Time: 10:24AM

Your Comments

6m!! 'Tis the season to be silly. Tra la la la la, la la la la
UKTony
Adams has already said that he will fight to keep Johnson at the club, and this goes along with what he said about walking out if he's made to sell players he doesn't want to. I expect more interest for Johnson, he's on sparkling form right now, and we might battle to keep him in the summer, but hands off Redknapp! 6m?! you're out of your mind! As for Diarra, it would be good to see him in a Pompey shirt again before he goes - if he is going to Citeh, as seems likely.
tracyc
If city have all this money to spend, why do they want Diarra? No offence meant to him as i think he is great, but there are better midfiled players out there, and they are trying to create a 'super' team.
The story on Johnno and Redknapp is a wind up, Harry has already come out with his usual, no money for transfers in Jan story, but when Levey backed it up it might be a bit more true than people believe. After all Spuds have to fund their new stadium.
sneakay
Johnno is fast becoming the best Right Back in the Premier League let alone England. 6m haha - 16m just maybe.. Goods news on the injury front.
eastneydave
when selling players, you have to look at how much it would cost to bring in a replacement for them. How much would it cost to replace one of/the best right backs in the league? especialy in january! we're talking serious money... I just don't see that happening. diara, ok - maybe he will go, but certainly not for less than 20million, and I would think not in january. We should be wanting to wait untill the summer to get the most money for him!
pompeycarpet
Tony has said if Diarra goes it will be his decision so if he goes it surely won't be cheap, like most I hope he stays at least till the summer.
pompeyyong
Chelsea signed him for 7m years ago, surely his stock is a lot higher than that, as for Diarra, I still reckon hes a goner!
paultsmouth
Would be good to see Lassie again before he goes off in search of the Big Spondulicks.
hammersmithblue
We have some gfantastic players that we will find almost imposssible to replace. Where does Tony Adams think he will get to fill the gaps left by James, Defoe, Crouch, Johnson, Diarra, Niko. They all won't go at once or we will be relegated. TA is deluded if he thinks he can keep them once the offers come in & the players say I want out. Heaven help us.
storagematt
 

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