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Niko planning summer exit?

According to 'reports' coming out of Croatia, and how true they are is unknown, Niko Kranjcar is planning - and expects - to leave Pompey in the summer?

A new deal with the club is on the cards but Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List is reporting that he expects to leave in the summer regardless: 'I am waiting (for a move) there is no rush. Until the end of the season I will be with Portsmouth.

'After that the club will make a decision on what is best, and they will probably sell me - even though we have started negotiations over a new deal.'

Arsenal and Spurs have both been linked with the Croatia, but he denies having held talks with 'Jamie's Dad' about a move to Spurs: 'Redknapp has not called me, and anyway my position there is well covered with Luka Modric playing well.'

Not exactly what we want to hear at this moment, even if they are not entirely accurate - and I would expect a counter claim against them to be honest. That said a summer departure would not surprise me at all and in an ideal world, if he does go, a move to Arsenal in a player plus cash deal to bring in Armand Traore permanently would be fantastic...

So, maybe Kranjcar is leaving, but a move to bring Jermaine Pennant to Fratton on a permanent basis is not being ruled out.

As we know he is on loan until the end of the season, a free transfer move away from Liverpool is then expected and should all parties be in agreement then he could stay here in the long term?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 22 2009

Time: 6:14PM

Your Comments

I also get the impression that the club wants to sell Niko come the summer, so I'd have to agree with him. I wish it were otherwise because I think he's the kind of player we need, but I don't think he figures in the club's plans regardless. Yes, if we have to sell him, let's hope we can at least get AT as part of the deal.
PhilTaglia
persnally... I hope he stays.
pompeycarpet
Nice to see the media are twisting things again. An american website has titled it - Kranjcar can't wait to leave Portsmouth. Daft idiots.
powered_by_pies
When hes on form hes class, but he is SO inconsistent and disappears so often that if I had to choose i'd rather have someone not quite as good but who can turn in a performance week in week out... On a side note, I also think he should cut his hair again. There's almost a direct correlation between his hair length and how well he plays! Crap/Long - Good/Short.
SUAC51
Just seen Hull have agreed a fee for Jimmy Bullard. Surely we should have a cheaky bid?
SUAC51
Has been plagued with injuries this season but these rumours do not help the atmosphere at the club when they all need to pull together.
PUP
eastneydave
SUAC51 I always say this, there are a million examples of players who play better with certain hair-styles than others. It's really strange but I swear it's true!
ArsenalRob
I think I said a while back, when it was mooted that the Gunners were gonna offer £12m for him that we should bite their hand off for anything over £8m .. I still stand by that. Overrated and inconsistent in my opinion he's a luxury the team can not afford.. Although if he played like he played in the first half on Sunday all the time.. I would quickly change my view.. but unfortunatley I just can't see it happening..
Chix
I don't think that there's too much substance in the Arsenal roumers btw, although I'm not sure of cause.
ArsenalRob
Chix you got it spot on there. He's one of our most talented players but he requires a run of about 15 games before you start to see his real quality. He was good for 60 mins against Spurs but he began to tire and lost the ball too easily and he doesn't track back to make up for mistakes.
stillthewhizz
chix - completly disagree. He is basicly what our current team is built around. Our team has just two players that can actually turn a game around, find a killer ball, and create openings for others. kranjcar and johnson. loose either of them, and we will struggle to score goals even more than we are already. Fitness this season has been a problem though - people feared burnout from last season, and I think we are seeing it.
pompeycarpet
Swap him for Traore, what a great prospect he is, do anything to keep the kid.
Owenspompey
Pies....why are you expecting sense from an American site??? I think Niko has lost a few yards pace this year and you have to look forward. If there were any way we could get AT permanently (although I am not sure he'd be that keen) then it would be worth it. I'd love to see us with two evil, nippy flanks in full flow against a coupe fo flaky full backs! Mmmm!
hammersmithblue
He seems to be saying he MIGHT leave in the summer and it depends what happens. So many players have come and gone lately, Krunchie is a class player at times, but disappointing at other times. I would like him to stay, but que sera and all that.
tracyc
Yes this rumours are truth. Niko said that he is dissapointed because club sold Defoe,Diarra,Muntari... and that the club expect to much from him, he also added that he asked Peter Storrie to buy some quality players and Storrie response was no. To cut the long story short Niko said my heart is no longer with pompey i seriously expect to leave the club if not i January then in summer for sure.
Kranjcar19
does pennant not count as a quality signing?
pompeycarpet
The selling makes sense for the club especially if it means buying in 2-3 other players. Quality as Niko is , he may be too much of a luxury. Should we still have our prem status next season, we may well have a very tough season & need some different quality in depth.
storagematt
With Crouch as the lone striker on a 4-5-1, Niko is our main player when he plays off of Crouch in the centre. Anywhere else and he is a waste of space. Until the last few games, he has been poor and a liabilitie since his return from injury. At the moment I would like to keep him, but if keeping him means that he is played on the left side of midfield, then I wouldnt mind us getting the cash while we can.
jbaker
d Excuse me for asking, but does Kranjcar19 have more information than the papers and Sky, or is the name he uses just some kind of alternative cyberspace imaginary life.....speaking of which, Ive just spoken with Defoe24..said he was never ever going to leave spurs again..unless they get relegated.., and JDickinson49 said he cant believe I earn over £100 a week, i explained to him of course that i was an oscar nominated actor.Then of course Redknap19 ambled over to our table... I told Adams 67 dont you tell him anything about our potential transfers he is bound to run and get his own bid in......Fortunately, PStorrie8 was on hand to say dont worry all our targets are near completion.
plymouth graham
I think Kranji hasn't had the best season because the team hasn't suited him. If Pennant can produce the goods and Little stay fit, I can see him playing behind Crouch in a 4-5-1. Then maybe a good 2nd half of season will follow and the picture will change but, right now, I can see why he's unsettled.
Pompeyscum
Dude if you can read croatian then read this http://www.24sata.hr/sport/clanak/kranjcar-ne-znam-hocu-li-potpisati-novi-ugovor/97503/ and also Kranjcar representative Emil Zgur said "Niko doesnt want to sign new contract" then the writer of the article said that he is got an offer from the land most probably from Italy. Zgur said "we have scheduled talks with Peter Storrie over the possibility of transfer "but dont know if you knew Kranjcar also had his transfer request rejected. Btw this newspapers in Croatia are 99% the real thing. They were the one who announced transfers of Modric, Eduardo, and Kranjcar from Hajduk to Pompey http://www.jutarnji.hr/clanak/art-2009,1,17,,148722.jl plymouth graham here is the article so if you can read it you will know if no stop writing bull****.
Kranjcar19
Croatian press could hardly be worse than ours so fair play K19....however, is anyone keeping tally of how many players have been mentioned in the Window season? Sorry, I lost count at 40
hammersmithblue
Well i will concede that you must know more that the papers and the sky tv, or at least you do more research. and i guess you know mnogobrojan ispričavati se ako ovaj prekršitelj te
plymouth graham
ps.. Kranjcar19 jesu prebivanje in uk?,
plymouth graham
to every one one else who do not speak croatian, I have apologized to K19 for any offense my light hearted trip into the surreal. I do not speak Croatian so i used an online tranlator
plymouth graham
lol sorry plymouth graham but i can't understand a word you're saying :) , if you are asking me do i live in UK then the answer is no. I live in Croatia in beatiful little town called Osijek but during the summer i am at my sister's house on even more beatiful island Krk. :) and if you wanted to say "many apologies if i offended you" then you should wrote "jako se ispricavam ako sam te uvrijedio" :D, but there is no need to apologize. haha i am still laughing plymouth graham you made my day.
Kranjcar19
K19 - I was in Zagreb not long ago and saw Dinamo play Osijek at the Maximir - great country and I am personally a HUGE fan of Kranjcar and think that he'll one day be a massive star. He's inconsistent, sure, but at least he's less inconsistent than Portsmouth Football Club at the moment!! Seriously though, he'll be a HUGE loss.
PFCGino
Niko is class but maybe the time has come to consider selling him to Arsenal for anything in excess of £12m plus Armand Traore. Good business all round. I can understand people saying our team is built around him but I'm inclined to agree with Chix; we're surely looking for a strong team ethic here where flair and hard graft are delivered by every player in equal measure. Best I've seen us play was against Milan - no shortage of flair and creativity, superb passing and retention of possession - all without Niko.
NinjaTim
PFCGino nice to see someone who is watching our league. :D Yes Niko is inconsistent but that is the reflection of other players in pompey team we all know Niko is not Ronaldinho and that he will never be Ronaldinho but who can play first touch football with Davis, Diop, Hughes, Kaboul ??? Just remember last season how Niko played great with Muntari, Diarra or even Mendes he fitted like a glove. This year Belhadj and Traore (loan) basicaly just Belhadj is the only pompey player with great technique who can play with Niko a simple passing footy we all love.
Kranjcar19
Kranjcar19, you have to remember who writes/edits these articles. Zidak is in charge at Jutarnji - hardly the model of unbiased, well informed journalism is he? He's too friendly with Mamic and that's where he gets his info about Dinamo transfers. Niko may go in the summer and maybe he does want to leave, although so far he's only been very supportive of both Tony and the team in his statements; but I kinda doubt he'd be confiding in Zidak about it. So who knows what the old fool chopped out of his words. Being a journalist myself, although not a sports one, I know how easy it is.
malaga1
Yes, I love Croatia, think it's a beautiful country, although the standard of football is.... well.... Dinamo got beaten by Spurs 4-0 so that's saying something! I think Kranjcar playing in th middle just behind the striker(s) is his best position - he can be more creative and unlock defences with the through balls he is famous for
PFCGino
Just saying we should not jump to conclusions until we hear more about this, preferably from another source as well.
malaga1
malaga1 i agree 100% but then again he always seems to be right. Now about our league i think the main problem is obvious lack of quality but then you have to say this little fact Dinamo sold over 60 million euros worth of players in last two years. I think i europe only Ajax is better then Dinamo when it comes to selling players.
Kranjcar19
Niko is class but maybe the time has come to consider selling him to Arsenal for anything in excess of £12m plus Armand Traore. Good business all round. I can understand people saying our team is built around him but I'm inclined to agree with Chix; we're surely looking for a strong team ethic here where flair and hard graft are delivered by every player in equal measure. Best I've seen us play was against Milan - no shortage of flair and creativity, superb passing and retention of possession - all without Niko.
NinjaTim
i agree to make him part of a deal to land traore, i just think it was criminal of harry to sell taylor to accomodate kranjcar, apart from the dedication from taylor you got goals out of him, more than niko, and i would imagine the assists were about the same too. hind sight eh?
ruffcider
I have always thought of Kranjcar as one of pompeys top player but only when the formation suits his play, as an only attacking player. A bit slow too for the EPL, Italy is very slow and undemading style, he would be good in that league. Kaka only looks high quality in the italy league because it is so slow.
saviolafan
K19 - the quality of football in your league is poor compared to the Premiership, however I will not fault the atmosphere. I would say that there were only around 800 fans there but they had the Maximir rocking, even if I was scared for my life when they lit the flares! There is, however some Croatian talent knocking around, particularly if clubs like Dinamo and Split are churning out players such as Kranjcar, Eduardo and Modric. With regards to Kranjcar, I think that he is one of the best players I've ever seen in a Pompey shirt and I think selling him would be a mistake unless it was for big money to a big club. That's just my personal opinion though!
PFCGino
Very good point Ruffcider.
NinjaTim
Oh, and the latest is that Niko is out injured for several weeks with torn groin muscles.
NinjaTim
PFCGino - I compeltely agree with you. Kranjcar is certainly one of our best players (I would probably put him top 2, along with glen johnson?). Swapping him for traore would be a MASSIVE mistake - traore is fast, but he simply can;t play one touch football. or really even two touch football. and he can't cross to save his life (not that kranjcars crossing is much better...). Saviola fan, I also agree. he does require the formation to suit him - but right now, it is practicly built around him. Kranjcar19 - if he DOES go, are there any other good croatians we could try to "steal"... I must confess I don't follow the croatian league that much... sorry.
pompeycarpet
Plymouth Graham thanks for making me laugh so much. If it is true that Niko's heart isn't in it, then we should sell him for as much as we can get. But looking at the interview in the News today, it sounded more like he felt the club would want to sell him -perhaps its reassurance he needs? Bad news that he's injured AGAIN though - we're already desperately short of midfielders. Thankgoodness 'Ughesee is back!
tracyc
on you tube it has a funny film of kranjcar scoring from around halfway agaist england, that goalkeeper was useless. for replacement of niko how about forward midfielder Ivan Rakitić, although he would be of a high price.
saviolafan
he was fairly good at the euros if i rememnber correctly... although I wouldn;t say he was on the same class. still, I wouldn't complain...
pompeycarpet
pompeycarpet we have loads of talent again in our league. The best i think are ST Kalinic, ST Mandzukic, AMC Tomasov, AMC Ticinovic, AMC Sharbini. This players can cope with premiership for sure but the problem is they are not cheap. :D BTW Kranjcar won't be out for to long Croatian team doctor confirmed that Niko torn adductor in lenght of 4 cm, but he can walk he doesn't feel any pain and he already started therapy.
Kranjcar19
Rakitic is similar to Niko, technically sound and a clever player, but he's even slower than him. He's young though, only 20 so i guess he can be trained to run more, but he'll never be naturally pacy and that is always one of the major complaints people have about Kranjcar. He is a great talent though. Gutted to hear about Niko's injury...we need him badly in the national team and I hope it doesn't drag on.
malaga1
i hope he doesn't go i like him, and he's quite good.
MFFP
 

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