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JP 'compromise', Saviola on, Edu and O'Neil off!

Still a fair amount of talking but no actions taking place - but hopefully the positive talks that are being spoken will yield some actions next week, and my 'negative', or 'doomy' vibe is swaying back to my normal 'positive' or 'glass half full' vibe and I am optimistic we will see some movement next week...

As we know Liverpool accepted and offer for Jermaine Pennant yesterday, but it is 'said' that the winger does not want to come to Pompey - however in a compromise he 'might' be willing to join us on loan until the summer. Oh, how very decent of you! I am hearing that our proposal is actually a loan approach anyway, so if that is the case this would suit us anyway... I am still not keen on the fella, but at the end of the day Liverpool would not have signed him if he had not impressed at Birmingham, and of course given a run of games his best would should shown?

Argentinean superstar, or is 'superstar' over-hyping Javier Saviola? I do not think so, but maybe I am biased? Anyway, Peter Storrie has confirmed an interest in the player, and by all accounts it is now down to Tony Adams to decide if he actually wants the Madrid man? As unlikely as this deal might seem, or seemed, a spin off of the Lassie deal could make it feasible... 'Coup of the season' has been mentioned to me, time will tell if this can be the case!

Edu and Gary O'Neil - the two that I most felt would sign for us! - are off the menu for sure though, with Storrie confirming that Valencia have decided they do not want to sell until the summer, so our proposed loan deal is off. As for O'Neil, Boro have stood firm on their stance on him, and hats off to them for doing so, as much as I would have liked them to have backed down!

Storrie remains insistent that deals are being worked on and expects 4 players to arrive next week, I am more optimistic that we will see some action next week - we better had though as he had promised players by this weekend...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 17 2009

Time: 10:05AM

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Morning all - Re Pennant I (like the rest of you I reckon) only want to see him come if his heart is in it - We shouldn't waste money on players that don't want to be here - although I guess we must trust Tonys assessment on that one. Saviola has the potential to be fantastic, he might have fallen out of favour at Brca and not lived up to expectations at Madrid but remember we are taking Madrid and Barca for heavens sake - It wasn't that long ago we were getting excited about Vincent Pericard because he had been on Juve 's books - The fact that he never payed for them didn't seen to matter did it. Edu and Gary O is a shame but we move on in the hope that Peter Storrie wil deliver.. I'm sure he will.
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17/01/2009 10:28:00

do we need another striker though? its actually the position of least concern for me, and surely his wages would be pretty big....i would rather money spent where needed.
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17/01/2009 10:42:00

Hi ya 'ruffcider' welcome to Vital Pompey. I agree with you that a striker isn't top priority for me it's TWO central midfielders on that can hold deep and the other who can playmake - I'm sure (well hoping really) that the Pennant and Saviola deals have just 'come out' first rather than be priorities but I am a little concerned if Edu and GON have both fallen through as they would have been names that Tony and Peter where sure about - Targets 1 & 2 even - I hope they have other lined up following the loss of these two.. I'm sure they will have (for sure read HOPE !)
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17/01/2009 10:47:00

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17/01/2009 10:53:00

Yeah seems more likely now Gleams doesn't it and with Pompey having failed on these two Newcastle will hold out/demand more of a price I reckon
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17/01/2009 10:56:00

hello chix, im worried that saviola would force us back to 4-4-2 and we need clean sheets right how, something we struggle to do without the extra man in midfield. i think the strikers we have are varied in styles enough not to need him, and if its pace, without tracking back, (defoe style) then utaka. i thought we'd discovered gold when he was first introduced in the strikers role. i just think its wasteful. we need to give johnson someone to play with and a strong midfield,
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17/01/2009 11:03:00

Storrie has deflected things once again, he is really a master at defending his position. Once a gain a week will pass and nothing will happen, if we were serious about purchasing players we would all know. Why would any of these so called big name players want to come to Fratton, even Barton would not come, the latest big name is Edmilson, another load of rubbish to keep us all pacified. Tomorrow we will face Spurs with Kaboul in midfield and with Nugent on the right wing.In this formation we will get beaten by Spurs and all be on the website complaining about the team, the management and our prospects. What would please me more than anything is a bit of honesty from Storrie and Adams, if nobody is coming in tell us, and then we will know how much trouble we are in, what is annoying is this little bit of hope we are given when we think that players are on their way to us.
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17/01/2009 11:13:00

pennant, barton and an extra cm. crouch as the lone striker. im with ruff, javier would be a fantastic signing, bigger prospect then defoe? but were to weak at the back.
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17/01/2009 11:14:00

I don't know what Peter Storrie was doing saying we "almost had done deals". Our offer for Pennant wasn't accepted until Thursday and Saviola seems an almost new deal. No other offers had been accepted at the time, so why did he say what he said. Whatever happens from now on we will have to start from scratch again, so I don't see anyone in next week either, except Saviola. Sounds to me Barton was all talk so far as well. Stayed glued to the Computer all day yesterday even though I had an eye infection, and that has made it worse. I am not a happy bunny, Mr. Storrie!
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17/01/2009 11:16:00

On one of the other links some of the contributers have commented on why Fred (Lyon) would choose Stoke over Pompey. Get real lads Stoke have as much, and more to offer than us. A brand new stadium with all modern facilities, and a proper training facility across the road from the ground, and a chairman who is investing in the type of players to battle to get them into the top half of the table. Dont get all pompous and arrogant lads, we are forgetting what a second rate outfit we are becoming.
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17/01/2009 11:26:00

Fingers crossed saviola comes in and pennant on loan. I actually wouldnt mind edmilson come in he will be a good squad player he can play in defence or midfield very strong character and does alot of tackling.Like to fink maybe if not saviola maybe fred from lyon would be good. Stoke or pompey ? i know who i would choose
stfc ballboy
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17/01/2009 12:33:00

Saviola would more than replace Defoe. If Pennant were to come it would be great, but I have to agree with Chix, I only want him to come if his heart is in it. If he doesnt come and the GON moves off, then we should move for this Barnetta guy at right wing! Oh, and regards to Stoke v Pompey - We are the FA Cup holders, We have been in the Premiership for 5 years now, We have a team of mostly well known players - Crouch, James, Campbell, Johnson, Kranjcar, (Distin, Kaboul and Traore will be known in France where he is based). We have just sold a guy to Real Madrid for 20+m within a year of him joining us, we look a much better team than Stoke. Don't think any of there players will be well known in France or most of the world. Also, more well known - Tony Adams or Pulis?
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17/01/2009 16:08:00

Barton started a fight WITH HIS OWN PLAYER, 3 MINUTES after coming on. Do we really want him?
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17/01/2009 16:48:00

Another load of s**t from Storrie, lets be realistic we are unlikely to attract any half decent player as our manager has no charisma and the club is run like a joke. I can only see one ending to this season.
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17/01/2009 18:15:00

They say that Pinoccio Storrie reads forums; well read this...Tell Pennent to stay in Liverpool and don't bother, you don't want us and we don't want you! We want NO ONE who won't die for the cause for the rest of the season!!!
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17/01/2009 18:33:00

DON'T GET BARTON! He's a nasty blighter
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17/01/2009 20:32:00

Well been busy today and just popped in to see who we had signed and surprise, surprise - no-one. The table is now getting so tight and we need to 'freshen up the squad' as managers love to say. Strengthen would be a better expression and I agree with my old mate penton - they must want to die for the cause.
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17/01/2009 20:57:00

I am looking forward to reading the papers on the way to London tomorrow we will no doubt be reading the following: We are 100 million in debt Gaydamark wants to sell to anybody We are signing the following, Kapo, Camara, Barton, Koumas, Appiah, Fortune, Babyaro, Drogba, Boyd and Mcdonald, all to be here for the cuo tie with Swansea. Happy reading lads and lasses, see you at the Lane.
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17/01/2009 21:35:00

All of you braving the Lane tomorrow - good luck, keep away from the police and shout yourselves hoarse
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17/01/2009 23:00:00

every one is frustrtated, but i believe Storrie and we will signsome players next week here are my thoughts. Fabian Delph will come for 5/6m. Saviola will come on loan and Vierra on loan. Nugent will go to SheffUtd nd Utaka will swap for Boyd and Kanu will get to go back to Ajax
plymouth graham
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17/01/2009 23:16:00

I see Barton had yet another spat with a team mate yesterday
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18/01/2009 01:41:00

Maybe it was a joke, but if this Drogba thing carries on, we could get him on loan...
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18/01/2009 03:54:00

Saviola? I'd love to see him strutting his stuff at FP. Should get D'Alessandro as well! Barton however, he is a good footballer, but will disturb the peace at every given opportunity. Keep Nugent, his workload when he plays is amazing. Drogba on loan? joke or no joke, keep that whiney ****er away from fp!!
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18/01/2009 18:27:00

bbc rekon were trying to get Edmilson now? who was the last Brazilian at Pompey??
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