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Johnson set for new deal

Contract extension close to being signed?
Despite plenty of rumoured interest in Glen Johnson, contrary to what reports might suggest, it is 'said' that he does want to stay at Fratton - unlike some others...

'Reports' on Sunday - well in some papers, others still said he was on the move! - said that he was at an 'advanced stage' to extend his contract until 2013, even this current deal does not expire until 2011 anyway.

Get the deal sorted, show a statement of intent - and this also shows a statement of intent from him that others might look to follow. He is someone we really, really need to keep here for a while longer.

I also say start dishing out new deals to those that will get them and also deserve to get them. Some are playing their hearts out, so give them the reward - I am talking about Sean Davis and Richard Hughes, the rest, as far as I am concerned anyway, can stay out of contract and walk away when the summer comes...

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Adams hold Defoe hope, but he will be off today...
As the weekend wore on Tony Adams appeared to be backing down in his thoughts that he wanted Jermain Defoe to go as things looked to be turning especially nasty with reports of death threats?

I do not know, for me this again seems a little 'convenient' and 'easy'. If true of course I do not condone this at all, and those issuing such things are not Pompey fans are they. Yep, people might be angry and say spiteful, maybe even hurtful things about him but most 'normal' people would do this only between themselves!

Anyway, Adams revealed that he would talk to Defoe today and was not giving up on him 'changing his mind' about wanting to leave: 'Jermain is still a Portsmouth player and maybe I'll make a point of talking to him on Monday when he returns to training because people often change their minds, don't they.

'It happened here with Joe Jordan after Harry left. All the time Joe was going to stay. Then suddenly he went to Spurs, bless him.

'I'm not going to confirm any bids through the press. All I'm saying is I'm hopeful Jermain will be available for next week's game here against Manchester City and then we'll see about the replay at Bristol.'

All this seems irrelevant according to the early 'reports' today as Defoe is set to complete a near 15m return to Spurs this morning.

14.5m in fact is what is being reported and any debts to Spurs are written off - these debts now only mention money for Younes Kaboul, so finally I think it might have sunk in that the 5m we 'sold' Harry Redknapp for, as he put it, was actually used against money owed for the England striker...

Lets just get this situation sorted once and for all now - ideally he would not be able to face us, but he will and chances are he will score! If he is going move him on quickly, we cannot say quietly now as the damage is done. If he is going to change his mind, which is unlikely, almost impossible now, lets hear it and not at the tail end of the window when he would have 'no other' option!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 5 2009

Time: 7:53AM

Your Comments

Morning Rug, lets hope the Johnson story is true and that he signs very soon.
bluedr
morning mate - well the news is now running the 'johnson to sign a new deal' story, i also see that they say davis and hughesie will also sign new deals!
pompeyrug
Yes, I think those 2 deserve it as well so well done Pompey. Still need a couple more in midfield though and another CB as Sol's legs have gone!
bluedr
RE the death threats - it was most probably the flu tablets that were making the lad delirious. Or something.
Squee
Good news about Johnno and even better that Hughsie and Davis have also been rewarded for their efforts.
eastneydave
We're going to need a new striker if Germ gets his transfer. I want us to bid for Jimmy Briand, we were linked with him a few summers ago. I'm suprised theres been no speculation linking Utaka with a move away...
SUAC51
Utaka going? Could we be that lucky? No-one wants him. S'pose he could get a job as a still life model.
Gandor1
Ha Ha Ha...Very good Gandor
pentonpompey
Death Threats!!??? who has he been talking to?.. ..Harry Redknobb?? sounds familiar to me. Get shot ASAP If Johnno signs a new contract that would be like signing a new player of fame and quality as the knock on effect could be brilliant and oce again TA becomes a famous name in a positive sense
plymouth graham
It seems I can see into the future...we've apparently put utaka up for sale for 5.5 million.
SUAC51
death threats.....would anyone waste a bullet on him......I dont think so.......OMG....hope hughesy isnt signing him....
lincolnblue
We will need the quality of Glen johnson to get us out of the mire we are in. But new contarct or not, if a silly big offer comes in the summer, don't be surprised to seem leave. Utaka, hasn't worked, he should back to France, cut our losses. Poison Dwarf can shove it as long as he ain't playing against us on the 18th.
storagematt
I heard a rumour he was Liverpool bound, thank god it's not true!
merlin
fantastic about johnson, he could turn our season round. with defoe, i'd prefer he went abroad for 20m, but as long as he goes and we get a good profit then i guess i'm ultimately happy.
jbaker
davis and hughes signing too. excellent. we need hard workers like them. i think we could do a lot worse than make davis captain.
jbaker
Utaka has always prefered playing as a centre forward according to him. Perhaps now is the time to try him there. He has pace, skill and ability and perhaps putting him in the position he feels is his best will give him the impetus to find the form he showed when he first signed for us.
Steve C
Perhaps JDs getting death threats from an angry husband...you know what a little tinker he is with the laydeez.
hammersmithblue
If it is confirmed that Glen Johnson signs a new deal, that would be great, but until or even after the Liverpool links won't go away.
pompeyyong
Utaka has been linked with a loan move back to Rennes. And the option that I haven't seen anyone mention is if we do sell to Tottenham couldn't we include a clause that JD can't play against us in our January game...I've seen it done several times before.
pompeywa
great news, glen has been awsome for us last year and at the start of this season before his injury. id rather keep him than defoe everyday of the week.
jakepfc14
GJ's autograph on a new contract would be a marvellous sight, that's for sure. I'll give him a lend of my pen.
hammersmithblue
more good news - he could be back, along with kaboul and utaka (not sure if thats good) this weekend!
pompeycarpet
i am glad davis and hughes have been given new contracts they are your grafters in your side all teams need them lets get in the players we need quick settle the team down again and make it known we are not selling let harry chase another teams players see who he can upset next play up pompey get behind them again
paul7collins
Davis for captain now! I'll beleive when Johnson officially signs, remember Joe Jordan
paultsmouth
Great news on all three!
sneakay
 

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