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Pompey sign Sonko...or do we?

Pompey sign Sonko...or do we?

Steve Cotterill has made his first signing as Pompey manager, or had he?

There were a few 'rumours' going around on Thursday 'claiming' that we were looking at a deal to bring Ibrahima Sonko to Fratton on loan from Stoke.

Well, The Pompey Site has officially confirmed that a deal has been agreed to bring in the 29-year-old defender so now Cotterill, speaking from America, hopes that approval to the deal can be given and he will join the squad stateside: 'he's a big, strong and very powerful defender. I've followed him for a while and I thought he did a fantastic job at Reading.

'He's been a bit unlucky during his time at Stoke and hasn't had too many first-team opportunities, although he did spend time on loan at Hull last season. He just needs to get back playing football.

'I spoke to him before we flew out here to the USA and hopefully he'll be able to come out and join us on tour.

'We're very thankful to Stoke's chief executive, Tony Scholes, and to Tony Pulis for their help.

'The deal is done and we're just waiting for the okay from the Football League. At our end things are in the capable hands of our chief executive, David Lampitt.'

Some how, with the continued embargo in place - which almost certainly will remain in place following HMRC's appeal yesterday - I cannot see this deal being agreed, can you?

The only way I could see this deal happening is if those high earning youngsters that we want to move on are moved on, which would see our squad numbers fall below 20 - special dispensation is then, apparently, given for signings to come in...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday July 16 2010
Time: 8:08AM

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I think that this will happen. the Official site never says anything which is wrong. They have always been very careful as what to say. That is why I can see this happening. Sadly enough, we may have to sell some of our young ones (possibly for nothing) to be able to sign someone else. I think Cotterill should be very careful and choose the right players to join, since we haven't got the luxury of signing players just for the sake of it; ie Williamson.
Pompey Malta
16/07/2010 08:33:00
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sorry Malta, i had to chuckle when i read this: 'the Official site never says anything which is wrong. They have always been very careful as what to say.' i think, and hope, that we can 'all being well' say this from now on, but lets face it we were fed some tripe officially over the past 12-18-months or so on the official site...
as it happen, you are 'probably' right on this score tho, our numbers are close to less than 20 as it is, they will dip below 20 when some of the younger pros are released - in all honesty some because they should be, and maybe should have long ago.
pompeyrug
16/07/2010 08:45:00
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We still have Boateng, James, Nugent, Wilson, Kanu and maybe Mokoena to get rid of so I think we'll have plenty of space for new players.
moley2
16/07/2010 09:28:00
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Rug, all the crap that appeared on the OS was Storrie quotes - I doubt they'd put a player signing up if it wasn't likely
pros7
16/07/2010 09:51:00
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That is what I was trying to say Rug. I agree with pros7. According to transfers, whenever they announced player transfers', they never got it wrong. They must know what is happening behind the scenes. He is also expected to fly to America. That means a lot too.
Pompey Malta
16/07/2010 13:12:00
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You can do a deal subject to league approval; all deals are done that way. I suspect Cotterille is clearing the place of youngsters to get the players in to survive until the next transfer window. You can understand why when the club has at least four or five youngsters on 2-3k per week average. If you take the minimum of both those figures that's £32,000.00 per month for 4 players who probably won't make it, that's more than most league 1 and some Champs first teamers get.
russellm
16/07/2010 14:11:00
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Moley - we don't have James to get rid of at all . . As for this 'development' it does seem odd that they'd say we've signed someone when the embargo is still there, they must be hopeful that they will be allowed to - I'm just going to watch with interest to see what happens.
tracyc
16/07/2010 17:36:00
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Decent experienced centre back cant help are cause
nodster
17/07/2010 01:21:00
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ooops i mean should help :/
nodster
17/07/2010 01:22:00
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