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James, Ashdown and Kaboul

James, Ashdown and Kaboul

David James is just one of several names than many would think, if not expect, to move on this month although Peter Storrie has again told The News this is not the case.

Although offers for players will be 'considered', he says there has been no interest in James: 'if someone makes an offer for a player they will consider it - and there have been some enquiries. But not a single one has come for David James.

'There has been no interest whatsoever and I am not sure where all this talk of interest is all coming from.

'As far as we're concerned, he will remain here. There has been no interest in David James.'

Déjà vu anyone?

We seem to be going through the same sort of situation with James again this month as we did in August, at least the closing stages of it...

Another keeper 'linked' with a move away from Pompey is, and also has been on and off for a while, Jamie Ashdown with QPR 'said' to be interested.

Storrie commented on this as well, saying there has been an interest but nothing has been decided yet: 'I admit there is interest in Jamie Ashdown and Paul Hart would like him, but we have not made a decision at this stage.

'We have already got a lot of players away without losing any more. We will know in the next few days about that one.'

To be honest I would sell the guy - I doubt he is on massive wages but I would also imagine that he is not one of the lowest earners, so these wages are wages that we could save.

So, from our point of view I would offload a few months before his contract and get a small fee in - from his point of view if he wants to play football he will move on, right?

If only it was that simple...

For me, the MOST worrying bit of 'transfer speculation' is that of an interest from Sunderland in Younes Kaboul.

Sky sports 'claim' that Sunderland, impressed by his form for us this season in particular against them back along, are the first team to make a move for him with Lyon also 'keen'.

A lot depends on how much we do, or do not need to sell...

Storrie recently said that departures were 'inevitable', but now he is more along the lines of 'it is down to the owners' but we do not necessarily have to sell.

Whereas Mark Jacob has now said that players do not have to be sold but if good offers come in then they might - which is fair enough I guess?

Lets just hope that departures are not essential, although time will tell I guess...


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Date:Friday January 8 2010
Time: 9:39AM


This Storrie statement seems a little at odds with what Jacob was saying. Ok, Jacob alluded to it....but Storrie's blurb sounds like it's a forgone conclusion. Or have I got the wrong end of the stick?
08/01/2010 09:53:00
Probably along with most, Kaboul I would like to see stay (at all costs-apart from administration), If he has to go, then Sunderland should pay top dollar, and in my opinion Kaboul is in the £7-10M bracket!! Particularly as this is January, and the fact that he is the MAINSTAY of our Team. Any replacement will be nowhere near good enough, so if the Board want to survive then Kaboul needs to stay.....The stayings/goings/actions during January will speak volumes for our chances, ambition and competence of this ownership/management team !! PUP
08/01/2010 10:27:00
No basically if someone offered 6 million for Younes,pompey will then say 8 and he is yours. We are gonna lose 3-4 players,no doubt about it,Younes in my opinion is off,not his fault but the old saying everyone has a price,we have Wilson to step in and Williamson ,or at a push Herman.Take out O"Hara and all we have is Boetang as any creative influence in midfield,otherwise its all defensive midfielders. On another note is Matt Ritchie still on loan at county or has he been bought by them permanently,he is a bit lightweight but could have done a job by filling in at left mid while Nadir is away sunning himself.
08/01/2010 10:31:00
didnt QPR sign a new Keeper yesterday ? so thier interest in Ashdown may have now dissappeared . as for James he is is becoming a bit injury prone this might well be putting managers off along with his wage demands. i would personally like to see james go & keep Ashdown not cos i rate him better than james but hes cheaper to have sitting on the bench. berko is our number one now . as for Kaboul well i think he will go & that will leave a big gap in our defence which we probally wont be able to fill .
08/01/2010 10:37:00
Pompey players will have to make the decision, high wages with possible non payment or, a move and less wages with guaranteed payment. James is sticking with the first alternative and thats why its muted he will stay.
08/01/2010 10:48:00
bah with every word Storries says these days i grow even more confident thats he's been pushed right out, he quite obviously knows very little/ bugger all about the current goings on at Fratton and i'll be surprised if he isn't one of the 1st big earners to go ;) lol
08/01/2010 11:30:00
Sunderland are always intrested in our players.
08/01/2010 13:23:00
I have to see Kaboul going to believe it. Mokoena can play as centre back aswell. He won't be any good, but he play that too!
Pompey Malta
08/01/2010 14:02:00
Let me just say up front I don't believe a word he says, however, if PS says its up to the owner if we sell, thats priceless!!! They don't know how to run a business, yet alone know anything about Football. So how can the invisible man take those sort of decisions. The person I feel sorry for in all this is Avram Grant, has he got any say in anything? And Malta, please don't mention Mokoena in the same breath as football, they are mutually exclusive.
08/01/2010 16:09:00
Oh by the way Pompeym@, I was wondering do you think PS ever had any idea what was going on at Fratton Park. He reminds me of Mr Magoo, bumbling around, bumping into things and wondering what they are!
08/01/2010 16:13:00
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