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Premier interest in Utaka?

As much as I do not like hearing other managers talking about other teams' players, of course ours, this happens and sometimes needs must so this raises the hopes that so and so will go.

Although if it is agent talk this always seems less likely to be closer to the truth, merely said to 'raise interest' in a client. When it is a player doing this talking - namely John Utaka in this instance - it seems even less likely!

So, having Utaka quoted in Compass - a Nigeria paper - 'claiming' that Sunderland have shown an interest does not do much to raise the hopes that it is true, although he has: 'as a player I love challenges, and it will be nice to don the colours of Sunderland in the Premiership.

'I have heard about the move from Sunderland, but it's like speculations to me, but I pray something tangible happens before the end of this week.'

And why would Sunderland not want him, what a fantastic footballer who had an outstanding world cup with Nigeria in each and every of the outings that he had. He was especially good against umm, err, oh hang on he did not even get off the bench, let alone onto the pitch! I guess that was another challenge for him...

Who am I trying to kid?! John, trust me you are not the only one 'praying something tangible happens' so I too hope that you can be donning the colours of Sunderland soon - although I will believe this when I see it...

A return to France, at least to former club Rennes, is not going to happen though: 'I love French football so much, but it is not true that I want to go back to France to join Rennes.

'I love challenges but I would love to seek for other challenges and not going back to Rennes.'

We need to offload the guy so if Sunderland come in with 1m, at the very least, then we have to accept this really - hopefully, if there is a genuine interest, it will be more than that but hey ho!

Speaking of 'interest' in players, this in Kevin-Prince Boateng is 'meant' to have increased with Genoa joining Lazio in wanting to sign him?

This is 'said' to have seen David Lampitt, Admin Andy and STILL Storrieteller all go to Italy, according to The News, in the hope of wrapping up a transfer?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 29 2010

Time: 2:01PM

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I wouldnt be too sad to see UTAKA go, but for at least a couple of mil I would have thought!
NZ_Portsmuff
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29/06/2010 14:49:00

Agree with you NZ
Stanley (Moscow)
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29/06/2010 19:39:00

John Utaka has complained he was just like an ordinary supporter; yea John an ordinary supporter on 28,000.00 per week only a lot more lazy. We are going to get stuck with this lazy so n so ; now there's a shock.
russellm
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29/06/2010 20:05:00

He's not going back to France cos the frogs don't want him. To quote a French site his old club "were incredulous to have been linked to Utaka, and we deny this link" that's a non! in French
russellm
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29/06/2010 21:05:00

http://www.sunderland.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=203306
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