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Storrie promises no more will go

Peter Storrie has today told The News, no made it 'abundantly clear', that Jermain Defoe - who, if true had the nerve to ask for a 'loyalty bonus!' - will be the last 'big name departure' this month despite continuing speculation: 'let me make it abundantly clear, there will be no more players sold.

'We do not need to sell any more players. Jermain wanted to go, so he went, and I can assure you he will be the only one.

'As far as anyone else wanting to leave, there have been no others speaking to me about it whatsoever.

'Everyone else is perfectly happy at this football club.

'At the end of the day, you want to keep a player like Jermain Defoe but clearly his head had been turned.

'When you get in that situation, sometimes you can persuade players to stay - other times it's quite clear they have no intention of changing their mind.

'Really, with Jermain that was that - his mind was made up and he wanted to go.

'Of course it was disappointing, but there was nothing we could do about it. He had made his position quite clear.

'In the end we got a good deal for him. Effectively, we got him on loan for a year and have made 6m profit in the process.'

So, Storrie insists that Defoe is the last high profile name that will be sold, 'fringe players' that have already been told they can go, or expressed a desire to go will but we are now looking to bring in some names: 'but that's it, none of the others will be leaving. We are now concentrating on bringing others in and strengthening the squad.'

I will be honest I do find it hard to know what to believe from him at times, but always hope that a man in his position at the club would be honest with us, so I do think I believe him in as much as others 'do not want to go' and those here want to be here, but it would still be interesting to see what our stance would be if offers did come in for others however...

As always though action speak louder than words, so lets follow up these words with these positive actions and get some of these dealings we want to do, and are being linked with, sewn up - and ideally by the weekend in time for Citeh, a match that we need a result in big time.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 8 2009

Time: 11:42AM

Your Comments

Time will tell, won't it?
NinjaTim
lets hope for once jackastorrie is telling the truth.
Steve C
Please Mr Storrie let that nice man at Manchester City, Mark Hughes buy your Peter Crouch for about 10M. You know it makes sense. For 10M you could then pay the bank interest payments.
Sindbad
nope, never! i would be gutted and totally let down if crouchy was sold...
i know johnson is vitally important to us but my own thinking is we basically build a team around crouchy as he does everything you need in a forward player - he defends from the front.
pompeyrug
because thats what city need...more attacking players *sigh
SUAC51
Double it sinbad & give us benjani as well. You hope Storrie has the integrity to tell the truth but Sasha pulls his string & Gadymac snr pulls Sasha's strings.
storagematt
At least the club are making the right noises.
jbaker
My gut feeling is that this is right, I'm not expecting any more stormings out. I'm now getting concerned about who might be coming in!!!
tracyc
i love benji, but as i said to someone the other day i see crouchy as 'the new benji' - he works his nuts off for the side, never gives anything less than 100%, wants to be here and scores goals too - more than benji, so i would rather keep him than get benji back tbh...
the main concern for me tho is not so much crouchy wanting to leave, but us 'needing' to sell him come the summer...
pompeyrug
Can we give Lauren the boot. I thought it was disgraceful that he got onto the bench on Saturday after what he said. I'd rather fill his space with a youngster.
stillthewhizz
Jackastorrie has spoken. We can expect Johnson, Crouch and James to have left by the middle of next week.
bluedr
I don't beleeeeeve the "Loyalty bonus" Defoe wants. However, was absolutely delighted to read that Spurs paid it. Lob another mil on the cost to them to get him back. Hahaha!
Gandor1
rug - don't fprget, for the first half of last season, benji was the leagues top goal scorer!
pompeycarpet
 

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