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Hunt? Please! Plus other Mail Pompey 'rumours'

Hunt? Please! Plus other Mail Pompey 'rumours'

The Mail has plenty to 'offer' us late this Tuesday evening - it 'claims' that Stephen Hunt 'is talking to Portsmouth over a £3.5m move.' Apparently 'Reading have dropped their asking price' for the winger who has been repeatedly linked with Everton.

'If' there is any truth to this at all I would be delighted, as Hunt can offer us something exciting from a wide midfield role as well as score goals, he would be a fantastic signing - but time will tell...

Ross McCormack, who sky sports 'understand' we have made an approach for, is also mentioned - The Mail says we are 'also talking to Cardiff striker Ross McCormack over a £3m deal.' Again, time will tell but I do not really know either way on this one.

We are also 'said' to be 'weighing up a deal' for trialist Modeste M'Bami and are also 'due to hold talks' with Mahamadou Dabo, a defender who plays for St Etienne.

How are we going to pay for some, or all, or these deals?

Apparently we plan to sell John Utaka to Stoke for £6m... I could live with that, even though you could almost guarantee that the Nigerian would become 'a superstar' should he move on!

Our attempts to sign Nikola Kalinic 'could stall due to red tape' though? It is said that the move for the Croatian 'may fall foul of work permit regulations.' That would be a setback as the guy looks a decent prospect and 'seems' keen to play for us as well.

Plenty to sink your teeth in to here from The Mail - I wonder how much of it actually will come true!

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday July 28 2009
Time: 11:32PM

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I'd take that lot if it was on offer.. not many comaplaints from me .. Kalinic was bound to have Work Permit problems but they can always (mostly) be overcome.. and if he can't sign for us it's not like he can sign for another british club is it .. I'll take the Daily Mails offer..
Chix
28/07/2009 23:48:00
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Yep, I said all along that he wouldn't get a work permit I'm afraid. He hasn't played 90% of International games for 2 years .He's played 2- 3 out of about 12 in one year. I was totally ridiculed on BBC as having no knowledge of regulations. Sadly, think I'm right this time and you won't get him.
pompman
28/07/2009 23:48:00
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hmm let me think, utaka for all that lot hmm.... XD i'd take there bloody arm off ;)
pompeym@
29/07/2009 00:08:00
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what is wrong with the good people of stoke?? are they mad? please take Utaka for 6mil! please!! I have been saying lets get Hunt for ages, he is a little bulldog! never gives up on the ball and loves to run at players.. exactly what we need in midfield
nodster
29/07/2009 00:40:00
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A bold YES for Hunt. I wonder if Stoke are ready to pay £6m for Utaka. I assume that they will chop it off to £2-3m before they get him. I think we should not sell him unless we get a right winger. At least we can utilse him there and then sell him in January. I am sure that the guy is willing to prove himself, and this time it is not a question of playing up front or on the wing! He simply has to give us something back.
Pompey Malta
29/07/2009 01:29:00
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if he goes to stoke, and they play him in his obvious position, he'll get them 15 goals this year
ruffcider
29/07/2009 06:01:00
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Just thinking, If Croatia are part of the EU (I don't know) there can't be any permit problems!
paultsmouth
29/07/2009 06:40:00
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well not much for me to add, but sign the lot today, now, yesterday. paulsmouth..i was thinking the same too about europe/work permit...however i have been worrying that it is taking a long time t be official-including FINNAN transfer- then i thought...they are waiting ad will a harry type press conference and a photo call of 4 or 4 players at once. Kalinic, Mc Cormack, Hunt, Finnan and Dabo and scoobydooh too
plymouth graham
29/07/2009 07:40:00
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I'd go for the two Hunts, Stephen from Reading and lad from Bolton who I think they are looking to offload.
bluedr
29/07/2009 08:21:00
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Sadly Croatia is not a member state of the EU, so having only played 3 games for Croatia I doubt very much if he will get a work permit automatically, it will go to appeal for sure. I just cant believe Pompey would go to all this expense given the financial circumstances to waste a shed load of money negotiating his capture and flying him over here & subjecting him to a medical unless they had already got the nod from the Work Permit department in Government. So there are 1 of 2 outcomes to this story 1. Pompey's management are THICK and should be sacked for gross stupidity, and we really do have muppets in charge at Fratton Park, or 2. Nikolai Kalinic will be on the plane to Portugal. watch this space! I for one hope we do get Kalinic. Hunt will be a very welcome addition on the right wing along with Steve Finnan at right back, It seems like Pompey are at least trying to fill some holes with players who actually play in their natural positions, so well done on that Mr Hart. Oh and having watched the pre-season friendlies, the only player on trial I would keep is Fabrice Pancrate, he has definitely earned a contract as far as I'm concerned when compared to the efforts of the rest of team.
doggo
29/07/2009 08:23:00
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