Date:Wednesday August 5 2009
The Mail is 'reporting' that Dave Nugent is 'locked in talks with Stoke after Portsmouth slashed their asking price from £6m to £4m' following his hotel brawl with Marc Wilson in Portugal last weekend.
It is 'claimed' that we want to sell him to avoid having to sell Sylvain Distin and/or Niko Kranjcar as we attempt to 'raise more cash to stave off the threat of administration'...
Quite what happened in Portugal is clearly something I do not know about, but what I do know is, as much as I like Nugent - and still retained hope of him coming good this season if played as a striker - this is not the first time that he has been involved in such incidents home or abroad.
Ok, maybe the fighting is new.
You can only give someone so many chances and with the situation as it currently is he has made himself a 'prime candidate' to be the next sacrificial lamb.
Who knows what will or will not happen but in my thinking this time I cannot see a way back for him, and in all honesty I think the amount of chances you give someone has to have a shelf life - and I am not talking about footballing chances, it 'seems' like he has had a number of chances regarding his off the field actions... There was of course the late night drinking in Spain back along for example, so it is not an isolated incident.
Until something 'official' happens though this is just more 'rumour' and 'gossip' about Nugent and what his future will be.
Assuming this really is the end for him, although dropping back down to the championship is probably not something he would agree to, I would now do the swap deal with Reading for Stephen Hunt that had been doing the rounds - a deal that I was previously against...
Question marks, should Nugent be moved on after this, would be hanging over Wilson's head as well though as can you have one rule for one and another for someone else?
The same Mail article is also 'claiming' that Nadir Belhadj is another player that Stoke are interested in signing...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Wednesday August 5 2009
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