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Bid for 'wonderkid' McCarthy fails

James McCarthy is a player that has been 'linked' with us before, and now according to Hamilton chairman Ronnie McDonald we have made a 'written, formal offer' that has been rejected: 'Portsmouth have made a written, formal offer for James but we have rejected it out of hand as it does not come close to our valuation of the player.

'James has two years left on his contract and has repeatedly said he is happy here.

'He and the rest of our talented young players know we will not stand in their way when an offer comes in that right for them and for the club.

'There have been a lot of verbal inquiries and offers for James but Portsmouth is the first written offer.'

The amount offered is 'reported' as being 500,000 for the 18-year-old, whereas they are said to be holding out for 1m?

McCarthy, named Scotland's young Player of the Year, is said to have been watched several times by Pompey in recent months and after seeing him score twice against Kilmarnock at the weekend we made our move.

Even 'if' we could get him for 1m this would appear money well spent, as fees as much as 4m were being mentioned not too long ago with the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool and Celtic all said to be interested in the Irish midfielder.

Methinks that McDonald is making this interest public in the hope of opening a 'bidding war' for the youngster, which is something that we of course cannot, and will not, get involved in...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 6 2009

Time: 8:41AM

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An 18 year old from Scotland. He may be talented up there but in the prem??? A bit of a squad player maybe, one for the future maybe?
storagematt
An 18 year old from Scotland. He may be talented up there but in the prem??? A bit of a squad player maybe, one for the future maybe?
storagematt
I'd never even heard of him before this morning..
jonathanl50
I'd never even heard of him before this morning..
jonathanl50
to be fair matt from what i have seen of the kid he looks a top talent - is it fair to tar all with the same brush just because they play in scotland, where the level of football is, with repsect, 'pretty poor'...
liverpool and barcelona have kept a check on him so he cannot be too shabby, apparently he had already rejected a move to liverpool back along as he felt it too soon.
'if', and it is a big if, we can sign him - something i would be pretty happy with - i would think he would be something more than a squad player.
pompeyrug
to be fair matt from what i have seen of the kid he looks a top talent - is it fair to tar all with the same brush just because they play in scotland, where the level of football is, with repsect, 'pretty poor'...
liverpool and barcelona have kept a check on him so he cannot be too shabby, apparently he had already rejected a move to liverpool back along as he felt it too soon.
'if', and it is a big if, we can sign him - something i would be pretty happy with - i would think he would be something more than a squad player.
pompeyrug
With our depleting squad numbers he could get a game next season then Rug?
bluedr
With our depleting squad numbers he could get a game next season then Rug?
bluedr
'if' he is as good as i suspect he could be, then even without depleting squad numbers then he could well be knocking on the door - with this likely to be the case he would be one of the first names on the teamsheets methinks...
pompeyrug
'if' he is as good as i suspect he could be, then even without depleting squad numbers then he could well be knocking on the door - with this likely to be the case he would be one of the first names on the teamsheets methinks...
pompeyrug
Maybe we could offer mr R McDonald a new secret sauce receipe for his burgers in exchange? I will start experimenting in the kitchen tonight to see what I come up with. Perhaps a Stella and Brandy sauce for the over 18s.
sneakay
Maybe we could offer mr R McDonald a new secret sauce receipe for his burgers in exchange? I will start experimenting in the kitchen tonight to see what I come up with. Perhaps a Stella and Brandy sauce for the over 18s.
sneakay
Apparently we planned to buy hom and loan him out to the Fort.
eastneydave
Apparently we planned to buy hom and loan him out to the Fort.
eastneydave
But we are skint! Read into it what you will
paultsmouth
But we are skint! Read into it what you will
paultsmouth
how much did we pay for mullins? surely scotlands young player of the year has to be at least as good?
pompeycarpet
how much did we pay for mullins? surely scotlands young player of the year has to be at least as good?
pompeycarpet
Ronnie McDonald indeed! Carps, on Mullins' form, I would have said the young player of the year for Hayling Island would be at least as good.
hammersmithblue
Ronnie McDonald indeed! Carps, on Mullins' form, I would have said the young player of the year for Hayling Island would be at least as good.
hammersmithblue
if we can get him first and he turns out to be a gem then the fee we pay today will seem little to what he might be worth later,either as a player or a farm out . A small club like Hamilton might just take a fee now with add on's if we sell him on or he plays for the Scotland if we only have ten mill for next years budget why not take a chance on youth talent
race
if we can get him first and he turns out to be a gem then the fee we pay today will seem little to what he might be worth later,either as a player or a farm out . A small club like Hamilton might just take a fee now with add on's if we sell him on or he plays for the Scotland if we only have ten mill for next years budget why not take a chance on youth talent
race
I think that we should get expeirenced Premier League players. We need to get off a good start next season. See what a hell of a player was Nugent before he came to Pompey. He rarely lived up to the expectations. I am afraid that something similar might happen here.
Pompey Malta
I think that we should get expeirenced Premier League players. We need to get off a good start next season. See what a hell of a player was Nugent before he came to Pompey. He rarely lived up to the expectations. I am afraid that something similar might happen here.
Pompey Malta
 

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