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A convenient coincidence...

A convenient coincidence...

The likelihood of an immanent Jermain Defoe departure have increased with the news that he has missed training today due to 'illness'...

Maybe this genuinely is an 'unfortunate coincidence' but the chances of this are pretty slim, and it stinks of a 'cover up' story, albeit it a pretty poor one.

Sky sports news, I would suspect a channel that I will have on almost 24-7 for the next 4 weeks or so, reports that the striker phoned in ill today, also missing the pre-FA cup meeting, meaning he is almost 100% certain to play no part of the cup tie - which also surely means he is on the move, and probably today. 'If' he is doing so to avoid being cup-tied, having suffered this last season, then the fella is a disgrace! If he is going lets get rid of him, dragging things out with 'excuses' of illness etc. will not benefit anyone.

I leave for Pompey early this evening, 'if' a move has not taken place before I get on the train, I would not be at all surprised to hear that it has taken place during my journey... Either way, come on Pompey - and JD - be honest with us, none of this cloak and dagger rubbish again!

Better news though was the confirmed presence of both Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch.

So, with that in mind I would think that both are available to face Bristol City tomorrow and providing Johnson comes through training ok I would hope he will return, and ideally with Marc Wilson playing in front of him on the right of midfield - come on Tony, please make this happen, for me this has the makings of an awesome partnership!

Speaking of Johnson in The Mirror today is says that we are to offer him a new contract to ward off interest from others - do it, and do it now!

Also back in training was Martin Cranie, who has returned to the club after his loan spell with Charlton. Is he back for the long-term, or just back before an inevitable departure, be that again on loan or for good this time? He seemed a fantastic talent, but has never appeared the same since his leg break while on loan with QPR last season.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday January 2 2009
Time: 11:36AM

Comments

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Defoe: possibly the worst liar in the world?
pompeycarpet
02/01/2009 11:46:00
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Be great to see Johnson back if fit. Maybe Arry has kidnapped Defoe and rang in sick for him like the old school days. We know harry likes to kidnap his transfer targets!
bluedr
02/01/2009 11:52:00
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Defoe, if you believe some of the stories in the tabloids, is more likely to be out chasing blondes from Essex in the London night clubs!
Blue Harley
02/01/2009 11:56:00
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good news on johnson and crouch though!
pompeycarpet
02/01/2009 12:07:00
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If he goes to Spurs make sure it's as late in the month as posssible & certainly after the 18th of Januray when we play them. That would be adding insult to injury to have him playing against us & no doubt bagging a goal or two!!!
storagematt
02/01/2009 12:16:00
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Crouch has stated he wants to stay, Johnson may have been offered a new contract. now We need to give contracts to some of the players who are out of contract in the summer, then we may have them concentrating on their football rather than worrying about the future.
Steve C
02/01/2009 12:18:00
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I suspect Defoe wanting out is more to do with Pompeys bright lights not matching the bright lights of london rather than any football reasons. Unless there's more to his relationship with HR than we know, he's already proved he'll sleep with anything.
Steve C
02/01/2009 12:21:00
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Storrie was on talksport this morning talking about the clubs finances/defoe/transfers etc http://www3.talksport.net/mediaplayer/media_player.asp?id=104845&c=&t=&rssPodcast=&podcastid=&mediaType=1
SUAC51
02/01/2009 12:55:00
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welcome home jermain!
lillywhites101
02/01/2009 13:17:00
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Home? He's a Charlton boy isn't he?
paultsmouth
02/01/2009 13:20:00
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