Date:Thursday January 1 2009
Jermain Defoe has been the subject of much speculation for some time, along with plenty of others, with it always denied that he would be sold but Peter Storrie has told The News that the England striker is likely to move on this month: 'it looks like Jermain wants to go.
'That is something we will be speaking to him about.
'But if Jermain goes it will be at our price and if there is an offer which appeals.
'We have always said we will not keep people who do not want to play for Portsmouth Football Club.
'We do not have to sell anyone, but if anyone wants to go that is a different matter. We have sold Lassana Diarra and we don't have to get rid of anyone else if we don't want to.'
Well, we will find out soon enough who else want out and who wants in - if it is a case of him wanting out then he can sod off as far as I am concerned, the sooner we weed out those that want out and replace them with players that do want to be here the better.
Does he want to go because we want him to go, or does he want to go because he genuinely wants to go? I was always under the impression that he had not expressed a desire to go with it 'said' the club had been touting him around?
I still find it hard to know what to believe from Storrie to tell the truth so his saying that Peter Crouch and Glen Johnson have not been approached by Spurs and this was 'utter rubbish' and 'absolute nonsense, farcical' does not exactly mean anything to me really...
Yep, if Defoe does want out then get him out - lets just make sure we get a good price for him... Either way I think it is going to be difficult for him to play for us again, these statements have seemingly put paid to that - we would not accept him mincing around the pitch shrugging his shoulders anymore will we.
I have been torn on what was going on with him and had defended the fella recently, but maybe his sulking and loss of form was because he wanted out, so lets get rid of him sooner rather than later. Hopefully this will see Dave Nugent given a crack alongside Crouch up front on Saturday? And I have noticed more and more in recent weeks that Crouch and Defoe barely speak anymore, maybe the signs have been there to see...
I can see it now, people rolling out the 'I will quit if Defoe is sold' quotes that Tony Adams voiced back along - with plenty I am sure hoping he backs this up. 'If' he is going because he wants to go then this rule does not apply - and he too has made it clear that he only wants players here that want to be here.
Herman Hreidarsson is another that has also confirmed he wants to leave: 'nothing has changed. I want to leave Portsmouth and the club knows my position and I know they will not make it difficult for me to leave.
'I have been in contact with a few clubs and I fully expect to be at another club come the end of this month. Nothing is concrete yet, but hopefully things will get clearer very soon.'
Whilst Storrie also said that players will arrive and people are already lined up: 'we are talking to people.
'There are a number of different possibilities that we are looking at.
'We are hoping to do business sooner rather than later.'
Action speak louder than words though, lets give us something solid to back up these statements - in fairness we have got Nadir Belhadj, but that was a near gimmie really!
Well guys, lets get ready to rumble - it starts... The next 30 odd days are going to tell us a hell of a lot about the club and the direction we really are taking, to be fair to him, and I have knocked him recently but Niko Kranjcar is talking a good talk - lets see more speak out in defence of the club and the manager to get a better idea of who does and does not want to be here...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Thursday January 1 2009
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