Date:Tuesday August 10 2010
4 new arrivals, all in a loan capacity and all defenders, is what Steve Cotterill is targeting, as he told sky sports following our league cup win.
Central midfielder is not an area we a lacking, but defensively we are and season long loan deals for some defenders, mainly full backs I would think, is what he is targeting: 'hopefully there will be a couple more that will come across the line this week.
'We are very lopsided at the club. The squad has been put together, we are overstocked with central midfielders and we haven't got a defender.
'We will get probably four players on loan this year and three of them will be defenders who will play in our team.'
With Kevin-Prince Boateng 'said' to be undergoing a medical with Genoa it is 'thought' that a deal involving Anthony Vanden Borre returning to Fratton is 'possible'.
A return for the Belgium international was something that had been expressed earlier in the summer but nothing looked like happening and he was actually 'linked' with other clubs, as far as I am aware nothing has been sorted yet so I would happily welcome him back as I thought he grew into a very good player as last season went on and would do a fine job at right back.
One player that 'should' have made a Fratton move was Stephen Jordan, although he changed his mind and decided to move to Sheff United instead - this did not please Cotterill: 'I'm very disappointed in him - but that's him. He knows my feelings and thoughts.
'My thoughts about Stephen Jordan will stay with him.'
I think Jordan acted in a terrible way, although that is the modern day footballer for you really isn't it! All in all though this proved that he did not want to be here though so I am glad that he is not!
One man that he still hopes to see return is Kanu, with him also 'hoping' for some 'leniency' from the football league so we can bring in some players: 'hopefully we can have a bit of leniency to get a few. But the next issue then becomes getting a few. That is more difficult than it looks.
'We're hopeful with King (Kanu). I'm not the one dealing with him, though. If I was sat down with him I'd have a better idea. I'm not the one doing that.'
Clearly a left back is a high priority, a right back could also come in and another central defender, although to be honest I would think full backs would be the main priority - in an ideal world we would also bring in another striker, which would be Kanu I guess?
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Date:Tuesday August 10 2010
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