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Pompey Times - Tuesday's 'reports' round-up...

Pompey Times - Tuesday's 'reports' round-up...

So, what does Tuesday 16th June bring us 'Pompey reports' wise eh?

Well our 'friends' from The Sun 'claim', despite 'claiming' that it was Chelski a mere 24-hours earlier, that Liverpool 'have won the race to land Portsmouth's £19million full-back Glen Johnson' and 'the England defender is expected to have a medical on Merseyside tomorrow - unless Chelsea or Manchester City can gazump the Kop at the last minute.'

'Gazump' - now, I like that word...

Ok, lets be honest the chances are almost 100% nailed on that Johnson will go but how can he have a 'medical on Merseyside tomorrow' if he is on holiday? Which I believe he is for the next couple of weeks... This must be just like 'the guided tour of Anfield' that he took in January, funnily enough I believe also 'reported' by The Sun!

The aptly named 'Martin Blackburn', of course also from The Sun, 'claims' that 'Blackburn aim to make the most of the Portsmouth chaos by slapping in a bid for Peter Crouch.'

'Chaos', ah well I guess it is a different selection of words than 'limbo'...

Ok, maybe Crouch will also go the same way as his teammate but Blackburn, despite Fat Sam's liking of the England man, just do not have the finances to fund a move - this is a commonly known 'fact'...

And, the early morning 'rumours' end with The Mirror saying 'Tyrone Mears is being lined up as a replacement for Glen Johnson at Fratton Park.'

'Replace', 'Tyrone Mears' and 'Glen Johnson' do not belong on the same page, let alone paragraph or even sentence...

But, lets carry on...on the face of it you think ok Tyrone Mears, he spent last season on loan with Marseille so he cannot be all bad? The thing is he barely played for them but suddenly feels he has become a 'world beater', visions of an England call-up, regular champions league - at least uefa cup football - with Marseille or one of the top clubs in Europe or 5 or 6 clubs in England were the claims...

With respect to all that will be mentioned, he returned to Derby - who he had left on loan after an apparent trial with Marseille without permission on the 'recommendation' of Kevin Keegan I seem to recall - and has no one interest in him and now plays international football with Jamaica... Arguably another 'flimsy' paper claim at best, but Martin Cranie, Marc Wilson or even Younes Kaboul are much better right back options and that would be the way to go for me.

So, it is 'The Sun 2 The Mirror 1' today, The Mirror still has more credit than The Sun though, but that is of course a given...


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Date:Tuesday June 16 2009
Time: 9:05AM


Hey Rug...I think you're forgetting me. Used to play a bit in my younger days. 57 now and still waliking a bit funny after the old hip operation but heh!!! I know a reporter on the local rag, maybe I should tell him I've been approached by PFC...see how far it goes.
16/06/2009 09:34:00
On a more serious note. Don't we still owe the Bin Dippers about 9 million for Crouchie? If so, the sale of Johnson wouldn't be so expensive for them cos they supposedly haven't any money, and a debt gets cleared at the same time.
16/06/2009 09:51:00
Lets hope the good DR has a few quid, by the time his due diligence is completed in July we will have a squad of about 6.
16/06/2009 12:13:00
Has anyone read Shaun Custis' report in the S*n today? It is an absolute joke. "Pompeygate" as he calls it has absolutely no substance to it. Can't wait for this to be tied up and we can stick two fingers up to scum like Custis.
16/06/2009 16:22:00
read it the other day tim, iot was from saturday and we covered something on it here...
custis is a ****, pardon my french but he is - the guy is the lowest of the low!
16/06/2009 18:07:00
Looks like Johnson will go to bin dippers reports do vary 17mill- 19.5 mill & i herd we qwe 7 mill for Crouch will we ever know the truth?
16/06/2009 19:53:00
If the ownership transfer is going as planned - surely the new owner would want to speak to Glen to lay out his plans before he loses his best by a mile player?
16/06/2009 20:03:00
Blueexile, I've got a feeling it was already on the cards mate and the Doc was aware of him going. It's a crying shame, but that's the business side of football I guess.
17/06/2009 15:43:00
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