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Anelka In Change Of Heart?


Having previously dismissed the possibility of a move to Portsmouth it appears that Nicolas Anelka may be willing to change his tune.

Reports claim that a bid in the region of £7.5m-£8.5m has been offered and accepted by the strikers club Fenerbahce, and that preliminary negotiations have also taken place. Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers also said to be in a similar position, although it is said that no formal
approach by either has been made.

French International Anelka makes no secret of his desire to play Champions League Football

''My priority would be to join a club that plays regular Champions League
but I can't do anything if those clubs don't want to hire me' he told L'

But with no suitors coming forward, and the English Champions League playing sides unlikely to do so, with Blackburn Rovers the only targeting club able to offer European football of any kind, due to their
participation in the UEFA Cup, the potential targets of Pompey, with the
monies quoted gives clear indication as to the club's ambition and intention to move forward, coupled with the fact he would be guaranteed 1st team football week in week out (although again both Bolton and
Blackburn could also offer this) and the likelihood he would receive hero status worship from the Fratton faithful such a move could look very appealing? However once again wages could be the club's undoing, as he would be highly unlikely, no matter how many games he would play or be
loved, be willing to accept £35,000 per week, or less, more in the region of £50,000 plus, so a major rethink on the club's wage structure would be needed, leading to the age old problem that giving one more invariably leads to others wanting more also? But theoretically you get what you pay for.

How genuine Anelka really is on a move to the South Coast, or if he is merely looking to engineer a move to another club, only time will tell?

Despite his chequered past, with controversy following him to Spain, France and back to England again since his ignominious parting with Arsenal, and the worry that he could merely be using the club as a stop gap his quality can never be doubted, his proven track record at the highest level pays testament to this.

By Pompeyrug

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Date:Wednesday July 19 2006

Time: 7:00PM

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Good player, and with goals in the prem already under his belt, but his language is very much of someone that is using Pompey to get a bigger move!
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19/07/2006 19:56:00

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19/07/2006 19:57:00

He's got undoubted quality, but I do worry about his attitude. Thought he was class for Man City, but as soon as a bigger club becomes interested, you've got to wonder what his reaction would be. At least Harry is at the helm so we won't be seeing any Laurent Robert incidents rising their ugly head again.
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19/07/2006 20:50:00

Definitely a classy finisher, however he's clearly not interested in Pompey in the slightest and is basically putting himself in the Premier shop window. Will undoubtedly sign for Liverpool or whoever else comes calling.
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19/07/2006 21:32:00

lets not forget if he signs for someone like pool that he will be no more than a bench warmer... well all these high profile footballers can shove it to be honest. i want a true pompey player... someone PROUD to put on the star and crescent and not some poncy french frog eating bald headed twit whos just decided that hes fed up getting a sun tan and being a tourist in turkey.
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19/07/2006 21:46:00

As I say you worry he's merely using us to get himself a bigger move, but Liverpool (some might argue they've just got rid of a similar in Cisse?) or Arsenal wont have him as they've had him before and know what he's like, especially Arsenal! Chelsea and United wont touch him because of his history and attitude, Feguson or Mourinho wouldn't stand for it, so he's out of options Champions League wise. I don't want players that don't want to wear the Pompey shirt with pride either and I'm under no illusions for one minute that if he signs his initial intentions wouldn't be for a long term future with us but you never know what will happen? Pompey's fans could sell snow to an Eskimo so winning over and convincing a moody, often selfish, self obsessed Frenchman that he'd not want to be anywhere but Fratton can’t be that hard...can it... Anelka is a European, if not World wide name so getting him in will get us noticed
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19/07/2006 22:16:00

His initials say it all N.A. Not Available.
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20/07/2006 01:11:00

Not really suprising after Harry came out and said not for the money, I might feel a little unloved as well.
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21/07/2006 02:03:00


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