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Adams hoping for 'a few' by the weekend

Technically, of course Nadir Belhadj was out first signing of the transfer window - but that was always going to happen, so Jermaine Pennant became the first on Tuesday.

Peter Storrie has been off to Spain and Italy trying to thrash out deals and Tony Adams is expecting the loaning of the Liverpool winger to be the first of many, with him believing that we 'could' maybe even 'should' have another face or two by the weekend - now that would be fantastic!

More than 100 players have been looked at in recent weeks, but that illusive central midfielder is something that we desperately need - and I feel certain that we will get him, or them, by the time the window slams shut on, what, Monday 2nd February at midnight.

Name after name is being 'linked', others are being kept very hush, hush.

Edu and Gary O'Neil had been at the top of this list, and deals were close but seem off now - at least until the summer?

Patrick Vieira has been mentioned countless times with his name very prominent again now, but the thought is injury will rule this out, but the summer could, and again maybe would see a deal to bring him in from Inter go through?

Christian Poulsen is being heavily linked, with a move 'way down the line' for the Juventus man. He is not thought to want to leave the Italian side, but they are said to want him out - and permanently, not on loan as we are seeking, with £5m being mentioned.

We have all had our say in recent weeks, and I feel these dealings are getting closer - if we have to wait until the last minute, which I still feel we will with some, then so be it, but I am confident that a central midfielder will come in by the weekend, and possibly another by the end of the month, and an extra striker on loan would not go a miss, but that might be a touch greedy!

I am sticking to O'Neil being one of them, I think Boro are closing in on signing Ben Watson, his arrival for me will pave the way for our former captain to return - and I think I would be putting my money on that.

To be fair, and I have knocked Storrie again this month at times, I think that he is working very hard to get players in - we have to do deals that are for the best of Pompey, money wise - transfer fees and wages - and players actually wanting to play for the club and give their all for it wise, and we are getting there!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 21 2009

Time: 7:09PM

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lets not start prasing storrie too early rug wait till at least the weekend lol but i agree i think he has been working hard and the deals he has said were 'close' have actually fallen through instead of being none exsistant or maybe thats just blind faith talking =D i can never tell
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21/01/2009 19:36:00

Given the money we made on Diarra and Defoe, £5M doesn't seem unreasonable for a quality midfield general. It's the same money being asked for Barton and this would be a foreign thug, so we'd have a much better case of plausible deniability.
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21/01/2009 19:47:00

we need a midfielder. simple as that - then I can't really see why we can't finish in the top half of the table - and even retain our fa cup!
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21/01/2009 20:02:00

This does seem to be a very frustrating Transfer window and everyone is getting knockbacks all the time, so it is reasonable to assume that a few deals have gone bellyup on Peter Storrie. I said earlier I thought we were going to go to the wire this month and I can see all of us up until midnight on the 2nd February mopping fevered brows!
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21/01/2009 20:41:00

Just think, a few years back and the headline would've been "Adams' hoping for a few at the weekend"
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21/01/2009 21:21:00

Or Adams had a few at the weekend I agree that if Boro get Watson they may change their minds about O'Neill, he would give us a bit more depth in the squad.
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21/01/2009 22:02:00

I like this Poulsen. watched a vid of him on youtube, would love to see some fight and tanasity (please excuse my spelling, not greatly educated!) in the mid. Shawn and Hughes are great work horses, but we need that Muntari type of presents back!
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21/01/2009 22:46:00

for me, as much as i must admit i was not disappointed to see him leave, muntari is the player that we have missed most this season - the good that he did clearly went unseen by so many, myself included... it was a fantastic deal tho for all concerned.
'if'/'when' watson signs for boro i think we will see o'neil return sharpish, in time for swansea?
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21/01/2009 22:59:00

Sometimes I just wish the club would say nothing rather than raise hopes and dissapoint. I'd like to see at least 3 new faces in by the end of the window. I still think 1 or 2 may leave and we should try and cash in on John Utaka who has been a great dissapointment.
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22/01/2009 07:56:00

Sadly we are a different Pompey since 'you know' left. We will struggle to bring in the quality of old for a long time. The money ain't there & the team is peceived not be on the up anymore. Realisim has truly kicked in.
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22/01/2009 13:19:00

Just read that Adams has held talks with Yohan Pele but Frank's uncle may also be interested.
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22/01/2009 13:32:00

Just seen this........ Portsmouth Football Club are considering a move for Olivier Dacourt. Pompey admit they are still interested in signing Patrick Vieira, but an injury to the former Arsenal skipper will postpone any potential deal until the summer. Therefore, it is being suggested that the Premier League side will look to Vieira’s Inter Milan team mate and compatriot Dacourt, who is out of favour at the San Siro. "Olivier will be going," agent Giorgio De Giorgis told FCInternews.it. "I don't think he will re-enter the club's plans, therefore it's right he finds himself another club.” The former Everton and Leeds United star, now 34-years-old, could be a short term option for the Fratton Park club, who are still looking for a replacement for Lassana Diarra........Any thoughts?
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22/01/2009 15:44:00

His name has been put around as available for a while now, and i have just read that Appiah will be not stopping at Spurs now thay have Palacios, could he be a short term solution?
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22/01/2009 16:09:00

I recommend Christian Poulsen. He was a main player in Sevilla uefa cup win and is a player who challenges and keeps the ball. His play would improve the team. Saviola made a wrong and lazy choics of refusing a pompey move.
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22/01/2009 16:50:00

Gandor one small mercy for you is that you wont have to sit p till midnight on 2nd of Feb as I think you will find it closes at 6pm
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22/01/2009 16:55:00

where did my U go, oh the welsh are coming lock up your uwe's!
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22/01/2009 16:58:00

at least no-one's taken the P, yongster
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22/01/2009 18:08:00

A few by the weekend, eh? Blimey, today's going to be busy!
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23/01/2009 09:56:00

WHat I don't get is why say anything when you aren't completely confident of at least one! Today has been the most quiet yet, so it's clear we won't be signing anyone before the Swansea game, unless we reveal them before kick off!
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23/01/2009 14:42:00

I agree JB. It's the same old PFC, total mis-management of fans' expectations; they really need someone to get a grip of the club's relationship and communications with the fans. Mr Storrie, I'll send you my CV if you like - the credit crunch is having an adverse affect on my business, so I could afford you the time and I wouldn't cost you the earth. I'll eat my words if Saviola, Benjani and Vieira are revealed on the pitch before kick-off!
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