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Storrie - Pennant deal close, as are two others

Storrie - Pennant deal close, as are two others

Peter Storrie has told The News that the move to bring Jermaine Pennant to Pompey is 'very, very close' to being completed, as are moves for a couple of other players: 'we are trying our very best to bring players in.

'As far as Jermaine is concerned, it's very, very close - as we are with one or two others.

'It was only ever going to be a loan or short-term permanent deal. He is a free agent at the end of the season and he doesn't want to give up those rights.

'Whether it is a contract until the end of June or a loan, it's a bit irrelevant.'

I think the fella clearly has talent - you do not play for Arsenal and Liverpool otherwise, but he seems to be wasting that talent, and question marks have to be over his attitude and his actual outlook on what the game brings him, besides money! Given a run of games I feel we could see this talent, but at the same time if he really wanted to come to us would he not commit for longer than 'just the end of the season?' Then again, does this suit us...

I think it would be crazy paying a £2m fee just until the summer, so surely a loan - which would involve some loan fee - would be the way to go, with potentially first option on his free signing?

To be honest I am easy on this one - if it happens and he wants to play for Pompey then great, if not, so be it and we move on!

He also spoke about Patrick Vieira - who we would have liked had he not been injured, as well as saying that deals to bring in Gary O'Neil and Edu had been close to being completed, only for their clubs to pull out of the deals at the last...

'Reports' are also circulating today that a move to bring in Christian Poulsen on loan from Juventus is also close. Although the midfielder, who is not long back from injury, is said to have voiced his desire to fight his way back into the side Juve despite a deal having been struck with them?

Less talk, more actions - announce them when they have signed, do not say 'they are close' until they are done. It seems to be giving that 'easy out' by saying deals are close only for them to 'fall through' as clubs pull out or players do not want the moves...


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Date:Tuesday January 20 2009
Time: 1:20PM


I wish i didn't care so I could stop checking newsnow every 30 mins for good news that just doesnt seem to be coming...
20/01/2009 13:42:00
Christian Poulsen is a new name to the list. Tall Danish central midfield player who is combative but scores only a few goals. Has played in Germany and Spain but not been at Juve that long before his injury. Career has been littered with disciplinary problems too.
20/01/2009 13:43:00
I am hearing from a friend in London (she work for the internet side of BBC News 24.) That Harry and Spurs have tapped up most players wanted by Us, Bolton, Boro, Newcastle and Blackburn, and told the owning clubs of various players, that they are CLEARLY on Harry's radar as 2nd and 3rd choices. In turn, these clubs have Blocked any moves/bids from Us, Bolton, Boro, Newcastle and Blackburn, in a hope they will get more money from their players IF and when Harry needs to go for option 2 or 3???? Now correct me if i'm wrong, but not only does this stink, as it means the other clubs around Spurs (possition in loeague i mean), are now having their hands tied reference transfers, but this must be a form of tapping up? You cant blame the selling club, but this is very underhand surely.
20/01/2009 13:46:00
I rate Poulsen, he'd do a good job for Pompey.
20/01/2009 13:47:00
SUAC51, ditto i check it every 30 mins too, and its giving me stress lol
20/01/2009 13:49:00
I should be more worried about paying my tax liability by 31st January so this has proved a great diversion even though I daresay I've got my priorities wrong! Agree with you Rug, the deal ain't done until it's done - I think we get tired of the club "mouthing off" to the media but then don't we also moan that Peter Storrie doesn't keep us informed if we don't hear anything for half an hour? Midge, if that's true - which I doubt - then Jamie's dad has got too much time on his hands! What happens, like it or not, is the players' agents tout their clients around potentially interested parties and, someone like Jamie's dad, will always keep his options open I guess. SO much about football and the transfer market stinks and, in another business environment, would be considered corrupt. That said, aren't all coveted employees in business subject to the call from a headhunter - "tapping up" in other words? In many respects football in a law unto itself.
20/01/2009 14:29:00
newsnow..its an addiction. feel the press are putting every player off coming to Pompey, portraying them as a small club with no ground no money and a crap,or whacky manager. this is directly opposed to our previous image as a a atmospheric stadium with a rich owner ambitious owner and a great traditional english manager...
plymouth graham
20/01/2009 14:46:00
Pennant is no closer, because ne doesnt want to come, he is even being linked with Chelsea now!! Why would Poulson come to us when he is at Juventus, its all so much rubbish!! Please tell us the truth!!
20/01/2009 15:00:00
Is that a fat lady singing? Er, no. Well, I'll just wait until she does then.
20/01/2009 15:11:00
Well said, Tony. Personally, I'd rather we didn't hear a word until the deals were done - not through the media or the club. Also, as an aside, aren't we getting a bit too paranoid with the "no-one likes us" routine?
20/01/2009 15:23:00
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