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Naylor 'possible' but we need attacking options!

Well, there was more 'rumour' and 'speculation' on Sunday with Lee Naylor a name that cropped up again...

His name has appeared time and time and time again in connection with Pompey over the years, but nothing has ever happened! But a move was being planned by Pompey according to The Sunday Mirror, which said 'Portsmouth boss Paul Hart is ready to snap up Celtic left-back Lee Naylor - once Tony Mowbray's club go out of Europe.'

I have always thought that Naylor was 'ok', and have never been against this idea although the more time that passes without a deal ever being done the more I feel we would be better suited 'looking elsewhere.'

The News today say they asked Paul Hart direct if Naylor was a target and he said: 'we've got a lot of targets and we are looking at a lot of players and trying to whittle them down to get them in.'

That is not an answer either way is it really, it is just avoiding the question and I would question if Hart was even asked about Naylor direct...

To be honest, I would not have a left back as a 'priority' position for us to be looking to fill. If we are short, despite his inexperience, I would give James Hurst a go, as he looks the part as a left or right back.

What we do need is strikers, someone to actually score us some goals! Oh, and of course some creativity from the wide areas to supply the ammo.

Modeste M'Bami - not that he is attack minded of course - one of a number of trialist's this summer, is 'said' to have agreed to a 2-year deal but Hart is not giving anything away: 'I think that's a bit advanced in that statement about M'Bami.

'I have to do make a decision eventually. We'll get back and see how we are and see if we have to make decisions sooner rather than later.'

Fabrice Pancrate, Yassin Moutaouakil and Eugen Bopp are also waiting to find out 'their fate.'

I would have liked to have seen more of Pancrate actually play as a right sided player as opposed to a striker or on the left - but as it stands from what I have seen I have not seen enough to think he is worth a contract so I would let him go as I would Bopp without a doubt!

Moutaouakil on the other hand, despite being a defender, is one that I would give another go against Rangers, but as already said we need to start thinking more further forward than defenders and defensive players...

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Date:Monday August 3 2009

Time: 2:27PM

Your Comments

Looks like a good player wouldnt mind him at Pompey.
PompeyFcMad
No, he is not a good player.
P.F.C.
I thought this was Dean Naylor, a 16 year old at Aston Villa!!!
JT_daniel
Ive just spent ages writing a longish expression of my thoughts and feelings about this...only for it to be lost when i tried to submit it because i was not logged in....To be fare i dont know Naylor ...but..any way I've calmed down a little..but these are my thoughts in a nutshell----------- 1. This player was plays in the SCOTISH PL. 2. He has just been replaced by a player called Fox from Cov City from the ENGLISH Champioship (the 2nd Tier of English football) 3. for a fee of 1.5m, so therefore a) Naylor is not considered better than a championship player- no EPL clubs were interested b) If we are skint..why did'nt we try to sign Fox, because he is obviously rated better than Naylor, and the fee is surely within our range, surely.. Any player would rather play in the EPL than the lesser SPL....career wise, wage wise, exposure wise..its a no brainer..... Therfore we must have either rubbish scouts...or NO MONEY at all My other point was that ive been thinking aboutthe deals we have missed out on under Mr Storries negotiations over the years, and this fiasco with Kalinic, the one and only player we have had a serious link to this summer who was'nt either a hasbeen or a never was, or never going to be. I also realy do not buy into this idea that SAF will get investors in in the coming months and we will be OK in January to buy...like last January?...infact like last january we were constantly fed rumours of old Arsenal mates of TA and this player and that player...and what did we get?...well i see its exactly the same this window
plymouth graham
Kalinic definately gone to Rovers now apparently. We don't have any money yet and time is running out.
L L Blue
If we are skint..why did'nt we try to sign Fox, because he is obviously rated better than Naylor, and the fee is surely within our range, surely.. Any player would rather play in the EPL than the lesser SPL....career wise, wage wise, exposure wise..its a no brainer..... I think you've just about hit the nail right on the bonce there Graham, couldn't have put it better myself. Anyway, let's start looking at some attacking mids and strikers FFS or we'll never get out of our own half...
cornypomp
this is becoming a ***** take now. He is signing championship players , injury prone and totally ***** players.At least sign some decent players we dnt need anymore defenders we need wide players and strikers. If blackburn sign benjani and klanic then we are stuffed. Wouldnt mind a cheekey bid for kamara (fulham).
Football_Casual
It just seems to me that we have no money at all. The Kalinic deal was keeping my head above the water. The lad was obviously keen to come here so why we didn't snap him up in the beginning is obviuosly down to having no money. Dr Saf or Sacha better get their hand in their pocket quick or we are in alot of trouble. And i agree with Plymouth graham on this one. Who is this lad and if he has been replaced by a Cov City kid, who again I have never heard of, What the hell do we want him for. I hope I'm wrong. I have a real sence of impending doom and we better hope luck is on our side this season. PLAY UP POMPEY
POMPEYMEV
Gray; thou doest spout alot of sense...This is getting worrying, i've been agreeing alot lately with things you've been saying...more beer me thinks!
pentonpompey
LUCK ON OUR SIDE pompeymev we are gonna need a little more than luck to stay up, anyway u create your own luck.. if we have 1.5 shots at goal in every game as we did in portugal we will have to have some luck to win games or even get a point. as for naylor 1.5 million u dont have to worry about us signing him as we cant aford him about 1.5 million short at the moment.
pompeyhussler
i think we will need to invest at least 10m or we are doomed ... oniel 3 benjani 3 nolan 3 viduka free zaki loan 1m fee and a few more loans
pompeyhussler
just typed in SAF name and got this back from the search, does not make good reading.................http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/portsmouth/5967381/Portsmouth-takeover-will-be-concluded.html
pom165
The reason we keep looking at, and signing defensive players is cos they're cheap and abundant. This is now a critical situation - Why would The Doctor do this? Asset stripping? Comedian? Lunatic? Or just Fool?
Et_tu_Pompeii
Very worrying times but I have a good feeling things will change for the better this week.
L L Blue
i dont think its cast iron fox would pick pompy over celtic.celtic are a missive club with great history and fanbase.playing champions league football,probley would offer similar wage(lets not forget,portsmouth arent throwing big money around at the minute)
belfast1981
The equation is this: pompey+sascha+saf=no money, no money+depts=pompey. There is no doubt that we are very short in money and cannot get in players. It is simple, and that is why Hart is looking around (and getting frustrated about it) trying to get players who are only trying to either build their career or lost hope and are trying to restart over again. One of these types is Owen, but I do not think he came to Pompey!
Pompey Malta
I am sure that a player who was playing for Celtic is a very decent player. We need back up players even if we need midfielders and attackers and Naylor isn't any. However, signing him will boost up the morale a bit and maybe attract other players. To me, Finnan gave me hope. Only to....
Pompey Malta
I'd take Naylor.. but I'd take Richard Duffy back at the moment !
Chix
The situation is bleak, but I can't believe its a long term thing, because it just wouldn't make any sense for SAF to go to all the trouble and even some expense of buying into Pompey (taking over?) to have us in this state on a long-term basis. It has to be to do with the boardroom wrangling with Sacha over money. But I am concerned that we are expected to be 5hyte until Xmas and then recover after the January transfer window, it sounds like a dangerous game to me!
tracyc
 

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