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Viafara Makes Move along the Coast

Viafara Makes Move along the Coast

John Viafara has become the latest Pompey player to switch allegiance by make the short trip along the coast to deadly rivals Southampton for an undisclosed fee.

Columbian International Viafara, 27, has signed a three-year deal with George Burley`s Championship side.

Viafara arrived at Fratton under former Manager Alain Perrin in the summer of 2005 for £800,000 with a reputation as being a tough tackling Midfielder with lots of power and stamina. He immediately got into Perrin`s starting XI, scoring his first and only goal for the club in his fifth game away to Manchester City in late August 2005. Harry Redknapp's re-arrival saw him along with many others swiftly dropped.

Upon the opening of the January transfer window he was loaned out the Spanish Primera Division side Real Sociedad who subsequently decided against making the deal permanent. In 11 outings for the Spanish side he was red carded twice.

With his chances at Pompey very limited it was only matter of time before he was shipped out again but this time on a permanent basis as proves the case.

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Date:Friday August 4 2006
Time: 2:12PM


he never did that much here did he, what went wrong? was he just crap lol? gd signing for southampton know
green giant 12
04/08/2006 14:18:00
He came to the club saying he wanted to get them into the Champions League, but he'll not be around now when this happens will he! I liked the look of him when I first saw him, but I never saw him that much so can't really judge too much. Redknapp clearly doesn't rate him, but is this another case of not liking him as he wasn't one of his buys? What do you all think?
04/08/2006 14:19:00
Its all very well harry getting rid of players he didnt sign but it'd be helpful for pompey if he could attract some new ones.
04/08/2006 14:24:00
Considering how long it took Benjani to become usefull let alone score a goal i think pompeyrug, you have it spot on , It's a bit like one of those east european style purges. I saw Viafara pre season and saw him once or twice in the reserves at west leigh, he seemed ok to me & frequently the best of the bunch, Like Priske he seems to be another one that didnt get much of a chance.
04/08/2006 14:38:00
ah but mcguirk you have missed the very cunning plan, you see we are going to sign Vargas and if you have visited his website you will see that he thinks he is as good as at least three players on his own! so we have acheived a very cunning two man salary saving.
04/08/2006 14:42:00
Some times he impressed me with his will to challenge players, & he could put in a decent tackle. He played in our 3-1 loss to Spurs when Harry came back & had a great game, yet still im not sure if he is that good?? should have charged the scummers a Mil though!
04/08/2006 15:09:00
We don't have any more pre Redknapp signings in the squad that he'd not want do we? Lets just hope he doesn't come back to haunt us. I'd have maybe liked him to have been given a chance, but there you go. At the end of the day it isn't like we have a massive squad like we did a few years back, even though most of that massive squad was s**te and not wanted but we ******** off load them...
05/08/2006 00:26:00
If Viafara was any good we would off kept him. If he was making the grade he would of been in the team, he wasn't premiership quality which is why a little crappy team down the road have paid £750000 too much in my opinion. Let them have our cast off's Fuller, McQuashie and now Viafara all crap and not good enough for the premiership. If we want players of that quality then we will be religated.
05/08/2006 16:02:00
He wasn't a bad player, it's just this his distribution was terrible. Certainly the lack of English can't have helped his cause either.
05/08/2006 16:20:00
Could be a good buy for the scummers. Burley isn't daft & sadly he is building a good team. They have attracted some useful players this summer & shelled out 6-7 million. They have got a lot of the players they went for. I hate to say it but they will have a good season. Not too good I hope.
05/08/2006 21:59:00
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