Date:Sunday December 28 2008
Another day, more rumours and fresh speculation - 'fresh'? Well, you cannot exactly call it 'fresh' can you as it is just rerouted news, although there is a 'new' and if true potentially exciting 'link' surfacing...
Well the outward-bound departures timetable has been 'updated' slightly, the usual flights will still be available but the prices of these, and those interested is fluctuating slightly...
Jermain Defoe remains on the departures list, no sign of this being cancelled, but a 'bidding war' could begin... Spurs 'cannot afford him', good spin by HR as always, but this has not prevented a 'massive offer', thought to be around £12m from Villa from coming in. Citeh, with money to burn, could step in to push the price up and anything more than £12m would be accepted no questions asked I suspect. Rumours suggest Chelski could be tempted to charter this one, but I would be surprised. A departure is likely, and for my money this is what he wants - and if that is the case I will happily pack his bags for him! I do not think the fella was going to start today regardless, but if he remains unused then I think that is the end for him, if not in the squad at all that answers the questions.
With the impending departure of the England man this 'should' open the door for another one time England cap Dave Nugent - oh, but do not be fooled, the 'fire sale' is still making him an interesting prospect for Everton, Stoke and others, apparently - with the fella warming up for 20 minutes but still not getting on against West Ham we do appear to be having more than a little case of déjà vu with his current situation - one that bares a remarkable resemblance to the one he had under Redknapp... Come on Tony, you have called for 'players that want to play and fight for the shirt', you have one straining at the leach for this chance!
The most worrying, and without a doubt damaging for us appears to be the chartered flight that has already taken Glen Johnson on a 'tour' of the Liverpool training facilities ahead of a £9m switch to Liverpool - for me 'nowhere near enough' for a player of his quality... Do not be fooled by the price tag though, we will not get that amount - we still owe them money for Crouchy! We will miss the right back big time, but at least we can take some comfort in the fact that he is making a genuine move forward...
These departures leave us with 'money to burn', wrong! We will not get much of this back to spend, or will we? 'If' deals, and for big money go ahead, we will find out soon enough if we really are in the financial mire as badly as is made out - my fear is that we are and those who control the club have not been 'up front' with us once again, and fears that a large outlay was spent without a long term plan in place a genuine possibility. With the financial situation as it now is we appear as though we are 'paying the price' for this pursuit of glory...
Yep, we will not spend a large amount of money, but we will have to bring some fresh meat in - we will not have enough players to put a squad together otherwise, and a blend of loans and 'cheapish' signings appear on...
The Gary O'Neil talks keep going on, Boro still owe us money, so we forget this and give them a small amount on top - job done. And what a job done, we need 'fighters' and people that do want to play for Pompey, the fella did not even want to leave, so coming back would not be a problem and we know what we will get. Some view this signing as 'a step backwards for us?' Lets not be fooled this is happening anyway, we cannot keep players as 'bigger clubs' now want them, and they will always get them - others just 'want out' - sod 'em if that is the case, show them the door! Bring back the scrawny legged 110% man, just what the doctor is ordering at the moment!
Just rehashed and reused perhaps? Well free agent Stephane Appiah keeps being mentioned, and again he is - Spurs are battling with us for his signature. Wages wise he will not come cheap, quality wise he will be a fine addition in midfield. 'If' we could, tie him to a short term deal, a year perhaps, with the option to extend in the summer - if he 'does the business and wants out' at least we could cash in on him in the summer, as opposed to seeing him walk away for free! I have had my doubts about him, but I feel he has got himself fully fit and has been waiting for this before getting back into the game - we wont get him though due to his wages...
Probably the most exciting of all, and quite possibly a realistic short term option - and maybe a 'spin off' of the Lassie deal could see the arrival of Dutch midfielder Royston Drenthe on loan from Madrid. The 21-year-old shot to fame at the U21 Euros a couple of years back and was linked to the likes of Manyoo and Chelski - eventually he ended up at Madrid but is now well down the list. A 'loan until the end of the season move' has cropped up today - if we could pull this off then that quality and all round game we have lacked in the heart of midfield would be found, what a signing, albeit a temporary one, he would be... One can only hope!
As always though, to coin a phrase as I often do from eastneydave, 'lets just wait and see what happens`
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday December 28 2008
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