Date:Saturday June 13 2009
Peter Storrie has confirmed to sky sports news that an offer has been placed for Glen Johnson and his departure 'should' not take long to be concluded...
Chelski, Liverpool and Citeh have been most strongly linked with Johnson recently, although the suggestion is that it is a champions league club that has made the offer for him, which rules out Citeh I guess? He said: 'Glen has had a fantastic season for us and I think he is the best right-back in the country at the moment.
'I've know Glen a long while, from my West Ham days. When I re-signed him (at Portsmouth) we talked things over.
'He said, 'If one of the big four come in with Champions League football, would you stand in my way?'
'I told him I couldn't do that. Providing the deal is right for Portsmouth and Glen then we will look to try and do something in the right way.
'It is very hard to try and hold people back when they have a chance to play in the Champions League. I accept that.'
That said Storrie has not exactly said that they are going to be playing champions league football next season, although the suggestion is that they are?
An offer between £15m-£18m is 'said' to be the amount as when asked if that was the fee involved he said 'you may not be a million miles away from the mark' and also said he is not expecting the deal will take long to conclude.
So, there we have it, we appear to have accepted the offer it is just down to Johnson to decide that he wants to leave, which, although a tough one to make, I suspect he will...
This is a shame, but not unexpected at all is it really lets be honest?
Even waiting for our takeover to go through probably would not make a lot of difference to this would it - some would argue 'we will not need the money' but good offers still cannot and will not be refused, plus you also have to take into account the feelings of the player.
Like I say I am sure this will be a tough call to make, but Johnson knows that he is more than good enough to hold his own with a 'bigger club' again now, I just hope whoever they are treats him well and he does not slip into that 'the grass isn't always greener' camp that some do when they move on - assuming, as I guess he will, he does.
Anyone not realising just how immense the guy has been for us the past 12-months or so soon will...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Saturday June 13 2009
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