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Moving for footballing or financial reasons?

Leaving Pompey is something that has been pretty much 'nailed on' for Dave Nugent for a long time.

For me this has been the case for at least 12-months, but I think his decision was without doubt made up in January and seeing out his lucrative contract at Pompey was going to be all she wrote for the one time England international...

A move to someone like Burnley, Bolton, Wigan or Blackpool, not forgetting Ipswich, 'seemed' the most likely move, but would they offer him the wage he wanted?

According to 'reports' joining Leicester now seems something that is certain to happen.

Leicester, on the face of it, would seem to be the only club that would match his current reported £25,000 p/w wages, or get anywhere near to it but is this, money, his motivating factor?

In all fairness, in many ways, you cannot blame the guy for keeping his options open - as he has - and looking out for himself but I cannot help but think that 'should' this move go through it would 'seem' that the financial aspect of things is the most important thing for him...

The guy has had his moments, and whilst I cannot say that I would not want him to stay - on the right deal, I will not say that I am 'devastated' that he will move on and would think that we could, if we go about it the right way, bring in 2 - maybe 3 - players on his weekly wage that could offer as much as he did all in all.

Like I say, he has had his moments, but all in all he has proven something of an expensive flop if you are blatantly honest - sorry Dave!

When he signs for Leicester, if he does, for his sake I do hope that this does not turn into something of a déjà vu experience for him...

Although to be fair you could argue, and maybe rightly so, that Nugent is in actual fact moving for football and financial reasons, so fair play to him I guess?!

Anyway, as one striker edges closer to a confirmed Fratton exit, another has moved to dismiss talks that he is set for retirement.

It was being 'rumoured' that Kanu was toying with ending his career to focus on charity work.

This has been dismissed by his agent who has said he has no intention of leaving before the end of his contract, which still has a couple of years to run.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 10 2011

Time: 8:25PM

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Let's be honest people, he's been practically gone since January; the only reason he stayed before " to help Pompey survive" was when ge realised no other club would pay the wages he was on, let alone any transfer fee. can't sayi blame him he thinks he's a £6M Prem player, maybe in the current inflated football Market he's right and that is the going rate for a 14% efficiency. He worked hard for Cot mostly.
russellm
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11/06/2011 00:16:00

My error 9% efficiency score rate
russellm
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11/06/2011 00:17:00

He was always going to go, as russell says. Wages are circa 30k p/w we are lead to believe. We can't afford that, and hoped someone would take him in Jan (& that we might even have got a small fee). He can re-sign with us, but then his "prefer the North" would have to taken a complete spin (ok, he has said he has since 'settled' some), but nah - he'd rather be up there. Chances are, top whack we can pay him (takeover or not), is around 20k p/w. Some other clubs will be able to match that, or maybe even 25k p/w. But the *biggie* is the signing-on fee. Nugent will command something well into a six-figure sum (possibly even 7 figures, yes really!) - as there is no transfer fee. Think of the normal dross on the free transfer market. You can pick him up though for (say) a £750k signing-on fee, and pay him £25k p/w. Decent business for clubs bigger than ours. We just can't match that.
scott mc
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11/06/2011 02:12:00

Spot on Russellm, he had his moments but sadly they were few and far between. There is absolutely no way he's worth £25k a week, even allowing for the lack of a transfer fee. Whether or not his signing will be 'good business' for someone time will tell, personally I think he's overrated.
Exgaffer
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11/06/2011 09:53:00

He's certainly been sat by the door with his hat and coat on for a long time now. This last season was his best for us, but even that was hardly inspiring! So now we have 7 players . . . ?
tracyc
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11/06/2011 10:07:00

I always wanted Nuge to come good and sadly he showed his best in the shop window.. Agree with Scot the difference is the signing-on fee and let's be fair he has given Pompey a fair crack of the whip .. How many players have we had that have played under five different managers ... Now there's one for Eastneydave ..
Chix
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11/06/2011 11:04:00

He was never a natural goalscorer and is no loss.
007
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11/06/2011 11:58:00

One of the many mistakes Harry made.... Over rated big time, he is more like a headless chicken rather than a 6 million player.He will never make it in the Premier, so if he had to move to Leicester, he might probably play for a year, cause it seems Sven will be fighting for promotion. Given the money they have, they will make it! And Nuge finds himself lost again in the Prem!
Pompey Malta
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11/06/2011 19:52:00

Can't fault the guys energy, workrate and bank balance. But (like kitson) he isn't the guy that (a) we can afford or (b) will score the goals to keep us up!
BarneyArmy
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11/06/2011 21:27:00

played as an out and out striker i am sure he would score more, that said playing where he did this season he should have scored at least double as some of his missed chances were poor...
following the money methinks, another mercenary in that case and we are better off without, he will 'probably' find out the grass wasnt greener, might be fuller with money but will eventually be phased out at leicester i would think...
pompeyrug
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13/06/2011 10:31:00

 

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