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Adams keen to keep JD/Distin 'unsure'/Sod off HR!

Adams keen to keep JD/Distin 'unsure'/Sod off HR!

Adams keen to keep Defoe, and others, if the 'heads' have not been turned!
Tony Adams has insisted that he wants to keep Jermain Defoe, amid fresh speculation that Villa have offered around £10m for him.

He has said that he wants to keep the England man at Pompey and the club have received no offers for him thus far, nor is he welcoming them - however he has also said that if 'players heads', including his, have been turned by possible moves to other clubs then he does not want them here as they will no longer be fighting fully for the club.

Well said that man, if players want to play for Portsmouth Football Club and the fans great, if not lets get shot!


Distin 'unsure' of his future...
Sylvain Distin is no stranger to 'voicing his opinion' - his previous outburst was, in my opinion, misconstrued by the media but the ground works were laid for future 'thoughts', as shared now...

He is waiting to see 'what happens' next month and will then 'make his decision' as to where his future lies, and has been linked to both Spurs and Arsenal recently but says he has not received any offers from either club - if you have not received any offers why mention it? To me it seems like you are 'inviting them' mate!

I like the fella, but to be honest I feel that he is another that 'is not' playing for the club and does not sound as if he will - so, sorry, but as much as I do like him and thought he was fantastic last season, he has arguably been as poor this season as he was good then, so get rid perhaps? He and his partner look very ropey at the back this season...


I wondered when he would rear his head!
He has dropped 'not so subtle' hints about our players since going to Spurs but in a typical 'plead for poverty' manner Harry Redknapp has claimed that he cannot afford to take Defoe back to Spurs - that is of course forgetting the 'minor' technicality that he cannot actually resign him anyway next month!

'He' paid good money for him last year, he claims £9m, and also claims that we 'have a massive offer from somebody for him' - sounds to me as if he is doing his classic 'lets unsettle things a little bit trick', which he has been notorious for throughout his managerial career - basically he taps people up in his roundabout way. I wish I had been more open to just how annoying this is when he was manager here, it was almost 'acceptable', even though it is very wrong and very underhanded...

Forgetting the fact that Defoe can not return next month, but if he thought we would sell him for less than we paid for him, he is sorely mistaken - also if he thinks he will be able to get Stewart Downing from Boro for anything less than £10m - even though to be honest I do not particularly rate the fella - again he needs a rethink.

Go and plead poverty somewhere else Harry, 'if' we do sell anyone to Spurs I pray that they have to pay more than anyone else would - although I fear the 'old pals act' could see him 'done a turn'...


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Date:Saturday December 27 2008
Time: 11:14PM


first in...whoah-- hooo. Right ive said before and i wil keep saying it ..get rid of the lot any one and every one who dont want to graft or wants to be somewhere else. Defoe..get rid, Distan a libility when it comes to giving away pens get rid if he dont want to be here. `Get some young blood
plymouth graham
27/12/2008 23:25:00
ps In my opinion its Chelsea not Villa who want Defoe- and may well bid for him, Villa i feel need/want a big bustling forward to go with Gabby
plymouth graham
27/12/2008 23:29:00
if we can get some players plus cash from chelski i would be up for that - who do they have that would realistically come here tho and we would want? someone in midfield perhaps? altho tbh i cannot see chelski wanting him...
as for the 'let them go if they want' - im a broken record with that now, but if they 'do' want out, show them the door for big money - if they do not want out 'apparently' we do not need to sell, so do not do it, reasure them and get them wanting to play for us again - unless its too late... either way i want my team back, i want a squad of players that want to die for the shirt again!
27/12/2008 23:36:00
joe cole? or maybe a central midfieler? they have plenty of them don't they!
27/12/2008 23:58:00
The BBC are reporting that Harry Redknapp has ended his interest in Defoe, as Portsmouth have already accepted a "massive offer" from an unnamed club. Can't think that Villa would be making any "massive offers" even if they're spending the money they'll make from selling Ashley Young. Given that Ray Wilkins has also been in the news today, talking about Chelsea needing a top quality striker, you'd have to think that this is probably where he'll go. Can't really see him getting much first team football with Anelka and Drogba ahead of him, but we need other positions more than we need strikers at the moment.
28/12/2008 00:36:00
***** off JD, ***** off SD and ***** off SC. No more prima donnas, Pompey aren't about to go down West Ham United style with players too good to go down. The backs are against the wall and we need those ready to fight for the club and three points.
28/12/2008 01:41:00
Joe Cole!?! Carpet, just what was in your Christmas pudding?????
28/12/2008 09:00:00
defoe wouldnt last long with chelski - how long before he was 'sitting on the bench' wasting his time again, short term a fantastic move for him, long term he will waste his talent... chelski wont be making 'massive offers' tho will they, those days arent gone - but not as freely as they once were. what the ***** does HR know anyway, and whats it got to do with him - he is just doing what he always does...
28/12/2008 09:36:00
penton - more likely, what was in the liquers I had afterwords ;-)
28/12/2008 09:55:00
Yes Rug, running us down whilst laughing at the mess he's made.
28/12/2008 10:04:00
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