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Cotterill - 'Smith is not for sale'/Ciftci stays?

Cotterill - 'Smith is not for sale'/Ciftci stays?

Quite how true the 'reported' £1.6m offer that Rangers have made for Tommy Smith is remains to be seen, and I would say 'claims' that we HAVE rejected this offer remain even harder to believe, right?

Although this is what The Express says we have done, as we 'turfed out their improved £1.6m offer'...

Steve Cotterill made it clear that Smith is not for sale: 'Tommy Smith is not for sale.

'We would only be willing to put a valuation on a player if we were willing to sell and Tommy is not a player we are interested in selling.

'People think they can offer anything and because of our situation then we will accept but believe me that is not the case.

'We are not under any pressure to sell any of our players and we don't have to sell anybody.
There are maybe one or two players in my squad that I would be willing to let go but Tommy Smith is definitely not one of them.'

So, as far as Cotterill is concerned Smith is not for sale, although this is not what Admin Andy had been saying...we will see!

Rangers manager Walter Smith has said, and as recently ago as this morning, that he remains interested in the 30-year-old and hopes to conclude a deal before the Scottish season kicks-off...

One player that does not intend to go - not that I am saying that Smithy actually wants to - is Nadir Ciftci.

He, as he told The News, wants to stay and play as and when Cotterill selects him: 'I don't want to go out on loan. I want to stay here but it's up to the manager to decide that.

'I will respect his decision and we will see what happens. I hope I can stay in the side now - that's what I want. I want to give everything for Portsmouth football club.

'I did that in this game and I will do it every single day. So I hope I can give the manager enough for me to stay in the team.

'Any time I am on the pitch, I will give everything I can.'

He said this following the win over Stevenage on Monday, and whilst you can see that he is still 'raw' there is clearly some talent there if he uses it in the right way, so as much as playing regularly would help I could see the benefits of keeping him and integrating him into the team more regularly in preparation for the long-term.

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Thursday August 12 2010
    Time: 11:14AM

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    I support the position that both should stay - even though SC has previously been quoted as saying Cifti isn't good enough, I thought he had a reasonable game on Monday.
    uktony
    12/08/2010 11:34:00
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    Never mind who might be leaving, SC said he hoped to get a couple in for Saturday. No one has arrived and it's now Thursday. There are plenty of good players out there on frees like Richard Wright (GK), Daniel Cousin, Robert Koren, Marlon Harewood. I'm not saying they are all spring chickens but do have experience. Has SC got the contacts or networks in football to complete any deals?
    bluedr
    12/08/2010 11:48:00
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    Are AA and SC on a collision course? Remember what went on behind AG's back. I think it's still a mystery what's going on behind the scenes despite our victory over HMRC last week.
    PFCblue
    12/08/2010 11:59:00
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    harewood has now signed for blackpool,, koren yes, but i think hes of to ipswich? ild get in vassell, if hes willing to come down in wages and demerit from watford. Anyway i think ciftci has got a spark in his eyes and his seems to have something about him, ild like to keep him. Upfront or out wide, i think as a sub he'll be usefull.
    ruffcider
    12/08/2010 12:04:00
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    Every player has his price and Cotts knows that. However, we need some players in. Talk of players leaving does make it more difficult to sell the club to a potential employee, but I'm sure Cotts is doing his best to get players that he wants at a price that we can afford.
    wellyit
    12/08/2010 12:44:00
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    I don't take this too seriously. I think this is more to do with the embargo and with Chan apparently about to purchase the club Cotterille's stance will change.
    russellm
    12/08/2010 14:09:00
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    UKTony i think you'll find Cotterille said Ciftci isn't ready yet; not quite the same thing as not good enough. I think the manager is right in principal but im all for giving the player another game; its not like we are overloaded with goal scorers.
    russellm
    12/08/2010 17:18:00
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