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Rumours galore...Not exactly new though!

There are a number of Pompey 'rumours' today.

None, to be honest are really anything 'over the top' interesting or - and again to be honest - that new, but lets take a look anyway!

Basinas wants out

Like I say, and this kicks us off nicely, none are really anything new - this one certainly not, as The News of the World - here - just reaffirms Angelos Basinas' stance.

Quite clearly he DOES NOT have a future at Pompey, and he knows as much: 'it is clear I am not wanted at Portsmouth.'

So, with a world cup dream in mind he knows that he needs 'to be playing regular first-team football' elsewhere so will be seeking pastures new, again as he had previously stated, in the New Year.

I am not convinced that he has ever got a fair crack of the whip, although from the limited time I have seen him this season - other than pre-season - he has looked very much off the pace and struggled even against lower league sides...


Birmingham jump the Belhadj queue?

Nadir Belhadj sent a timely reminder to us, and potential New Year suitors, of what he can do at the weekend when he put in a very good performance, as well as scoring a cracking goal, in the win over Liverpool.

This saw 'rumours' of an interest from Spurs, among others, return.

Although, and again in The News of the World - here - they 'claim' that Birmingham are the 'favourites' to sign Belhadj next month?

Under new ownership, and apparently and owner that DOES have money, £3.5m is what they will pay us for him...

Avram Grant however has lavished praise on the Algerian, in The News - here - saying: 'he played because Glen Johnson is the best attacking full-back who can go forward and create chances.

'I also know that Belhadj is very quick to get in behind to score or get assists. He did a very good job. I think he came into play to do a tactical job.

'He was full of energy and it was a good performance. And he also scored with his right foot!'

It was a tactical master stoke by Grant selecting him, but is this enough to convince Belhadj to stay? Will he play enough in the games to follow to want this, although he is off to Africa soon for the African nations anyway! Then again will it come down to the 'it is too good to refuse' as far as the money goes?

I guess once 'rumour' becomes something a little stronger we will know...


Miguel Vitor deal 'set up'

Pompey have long since been linked with Benfica's defender Miguel Vitor, with Birmingham also 'said' to be interested in the 20-year-old but it is Pompey that he wants to sign for?

The Mirror - here - 'claims' that a deal is in place to 'take him on loan with a view to a permanent £6m deal.'

All, as usual with this deal, sound extremely good - lets do it! Oh, hang on we STILL have that 'minor' of problems...We CANNOT sign anyone until our transfer embargo is lifted!

Until this ban is lifted I cannot really turn to much attention to who we will sign - not that I would expect much to happen anyway, nor would I really want it to be honest because we would just be adding more debt to what we already have, right?

That said, should this be lifted it is at least a positive sign that things are moving forward and at least allows us some flexibility to bring in some loans, or pick up free agents and cheapies, which would be better than nothing...

So, some stuff to sink your teeth into guys, most from The News of the World, which I thought was the Sunday version of The Sun? And we are now Tuesday, so that is bizarre anyway! There is not really anything new as such, but I guess a 'slightly' different take on some issues - so, which, if any, can you see coming off?

As always thoughts below guys...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 22 2009

Time: 1:34PM

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As you say, no real news here
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22/12/2009 15:34:00

The only real news I want to see is that the transfer embargo has been lifted. As you rightly point out, Rug, that's when we'll know the club's taken a turn in the right direction.
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22/12/2009 17:26:00

Well Peter Storrie is 'Optimistic' about investment ... Although he has stated that nothing is on the table at the mo and can't guarantee it will come either.. so we remain patient .. BUT we need to realise that the investment doesn't have to be in place for January 1st .. we could have another 5 weeks of waiting yet !
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22/12/2009 17:33:00

be surprised if belhadj goes as we would want the money we paid and i don't think hes worth 4M+ too kamakaze for many prem teams
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22/12/2009 18:13:00

I'll be gutted if Belhadj goes. If there's anybody who can open up defences and be a real danger to opposing teams it's him. I'm hoping Avram will give him a start at W/Ham....I don't want to lose him.
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22/12/2009 18:50:00

Belhadj is due to be with Algerian team in France preparing for Nations Cup on 26 December so...we may have seen him in a Pompey shirt for the last time!!!!!
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22/12/2009 19:12:00

It is just recycling old stories and these papers deserve to end up in the Recycling Bin!
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22/12/2009 19:25:00

With the small matter of the embargo in place we have the luxury of being able to ignore all player in rumours :-(
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22/12/2009 19:35:00

sorry if this sounds like a daft question but does the embargo apply to all transfers i.e. we cant buy or SELL anyone - or is it only against us buying anyone ?
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22/12/2009 20:32:00

i would imagine we can sell, as the whole point is that the premier league dont want us buying before debts are paid off
Super Bock 1898
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22/12/2009 21:00:00

hahaha Basinas! ahahahahahah
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22/12/2009 21:44:00

Russell that's a bonus. We can just laugh at the speculation and gossip.
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22/12/2009 22:14:00

of course we can sell - then the prem league would force the sale monies to pay off debts to other clubs!! it would be a shame to lose nadir - hopefully he is up for the fight - a few more good results and i would hope he would stay!
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23/12/2009 00:31:00

Oi RUG you forgot the latics Olivier Kapo! Still embargoed so no need to worry there then!
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23/12/2009 00:58:00


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