Date:Tuesday December 30 2008
Pompey furious at Johnson and Defoe allegations
Reports that Glen Johnson had been shown around the Liverpool training ground ahead of a proposed £9m move to the league leaders - a 'laughable' amount - have been angrily denied by the player, his agent and Peter Storrie, with 'reports' claiming legal action could be taken against the paper is question...
Storrie has told The News that no approach has been made for Johnson, or anyone else: 'we have had no approaches for any of our players and that includes Glen.
'I know that his agent has taken this story up with the newspaper and is pushing for an apology. Glen is livid, everyone is, it's an outrageous story.
'To say we have had a bid for him is a lie, it's just silly season.'
To be honest I do not see how Liverpool can afford Johnson! Ok, we still owe them money for Peter Crouch but their financial plight is well documented, and a fee well, well in excess of £15m would be needed for the best right back in the country at the moment...
Harry Redknapp also made claims that a 'massive bid' had been placed for Jermain Defoe, which meant he could not afford to take the striker back to Spurs - despite the bloody fact that he cannot do this anyway!
Pompey have confirmed that 'an initial enquiry' had been made for the England striker, which might have been the Spurs one, but this was refused with him saying that only a very, very big offer would be accepted - Villa and Citeh are also thought to be interested, but Martin O'Neill has denied making an offer.
'Reports' today claim that Defoe has expressed a desire to return to Spurs, but a £24m price tag has been put on his head - I would love that to be true, but cannot see us holding out for that, but you never know: 'we have had a tentative enquiry about Jermain and told the club concerned he was not for sale unless it was for a very, very big offer.
'As with any of our players, obviously if an exceptional offer came in, such as that for Lassana Diarra, we would consider it, as any club would.
'But no-one has made a bid.'
Maybe that is why he cannot afford him - he will not get him on the cheap, and that is how it should be!
Is this 'positive fighting talk', or 'positive spin talk' from Pompey? I have to admit it is hard to believe much that is said these days so to use the favourite phrase 'lets just wait and see'...
Davis - we just get on with it!
All the reports of players being sold is not phasing Sean Davis at all.
As much as he does not want players to go he knows that players are very much wanted, and could be highly sellable assets. Should they go then he has basically said this is an 'unfortunate' thing but those that are left behind - and others than come in - will just have to knuckle down and get on with it.
Well said that man!
Distin draws from the positives
Sylvain Distin was encouraged by the defensive showing against Arsenal, and performance all-round and is looking for us to draw from this and build on it.
We have already conceded more goals this season than we did in the whole of the last one, shipping 47 in 27 games, whereas we only conceded 43 in 47 in total last season also racking up a record 23 clean sheets.
The defence has been poor, which I feel is leading to David James making so many mistakes as he does not have the faith or belief in those ahead of him so he is trying to do so much. Criminal errors have been made by the defenders and their lack of pace is being highlighted by the protection, or lack of, from the midfield clearly is not the same as it was last season, which obviously must be adding to this as well.
You win and lose as a team, so you defend as a team - I do think we have shown signs of this improving so with a couple of tweaks and a steady side, in as much as a constant team selection, I still hold out hope of seeing things improve.
Distin also recently hit back at claims that he could leave for Arsenal, insisting that his comments were taken out of context and he is not looking to leave, he is in fact happy where he is.
Garcia a possible loan option?
Talk that Luis Garcia could return to England started a few weeks back, with it 'claimed' a loan return ahead of a possible summer return was in the pipeline, with several English sides approached by Atletico Madrid.
Guillem Balague, the Spanish football 'expert' believes that we are one of them along with Boro, Blackburn and Spurs.
He 30-year-old would be an 'interesting' option for me, and alongside either Davis or Richard Hughes who would offer him the protection to get forward and create, and of course score, could be an exciting prospect...
However Royston Drenthe, linked with a loan move at the weekend, apparently will not be coming to Pompey. It is claimed that we did approach Madrid about a loan until the summer - at the recommendation of Johnny Metgod, who coached him at Feyenoord - but this has been rejected?
Well guys plenty to get your teeth into here, so share your thoughts below...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday December 30 2008
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