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Niko planning summer exit?

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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Date:Thursday January 22 2009
Time: 6:14PM


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.
22/01/2009 18:20:00
persnally... I hope he stays.
22/01/2009 18:29:00
Nice to see the media are twisting things again. An american website has titled it - Kranjcar can't wait to leave Portsmouth. Daft idiots.
22/01/2009 18:31:00
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.
22/01/2009 18:43:00
Just seen Hull have agreed a fee for Jimmy Bullard. Surely we should have a cheaky bid?
22/01/2009 18:50:00
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.
22/01/2009 18:50:00
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!
22/01/2009 18:54:00
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..
22/01/2009 19:01:00
I don't think that there's too much substance in the Arsenal roumers btw, although I'm not sure of cause.
22/01/2009 19:10:00
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.
22/01/2009 19:25:00
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