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Pompey Finally Get Their "big name"

After weeks of rumour, speculation, negotiations and rejections Pompey have finally made their first "big name" signing of the summer with Sol Campbell.

Following the disappointment of the Manuel Fernandes record £10 million signing falling through (albeit possibly only a temporary setback as something could still happen here in time?) Missing out on the highly talented and popular Andres D`Alessandro, so instrumental in our survival last season, the reported rejection and rejected bids for so many other players the transfer window has finally opened and begun for us…hopefully!

Campbell`s signing may not involve the sky high fee of others banded around during the summer but it still rubber stamps Pompey`s ambition and intentions for the future. So this should (or should I have said could!) hopefully prove the catalyst for others to follow before the window closes at the end of August.




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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 8 2006

Time: 8:12PM

Your Comments

Let's hope it's the first of many.
storagematt
This is a great move for Pompey as Sol should tighten the defence, add confidence to the squad and possibly become captain of the team !
StuartM
bit of a nutjob but a gr8 player all the same hopefully he will be playin on thursday night :-)
pompeyluke
has anyone heard anything on the manuel fernandez situation yet? surely his injury couldnt have set the deal back that far is he still in pompey with out medical staff?
pompeyluke
according to sources, (that'd be my mate at the PA news/sport) apparently he is responding well but would have to miss the first 3 weeks of the season, because of this Pompey are looking at an alternative target but if this does not come off we will be announcing him. No issues are expected regarding the work permit and the base contract has already been agreed and drawn....but let's put it into perspective and be honest the PA also said we had an agreed deal for petrov
russellm
Campbell is a must for the Captaincy. It will prove a popular choice that will gel the team in mind and body. Now Petrov and Co. are you now more than interested in playing for this side on the move.
pompeygray
Still think Petrov will go elsewhere, probably Villa now. Can see more arriving, and this week. Although I'm not overly keen I think that David James will be our keeper by the end of the week. Kanu will also sign I think, again maybe I'm not overly keen but still a decent footballer. As for Fernandes when paying £10m they have to be sure don't they. As far as I know he's still in Pompey, but I could be wrong. I guess although we'd want him playing at the start of the season we still have until 31st August to sign him. If the injury hadn't fully cleared up by then I'm sure we'd do a deal in January unless our option to by would have become invalid by then...
pompeyrug
Good to hear H.R. on SSNews say that Sol was partly swayed by the great support at Fratton Park. I wonder if he has concussion from last years game after having his nose broken, followed by chants from the FE and around the ground of " He's fóóking gay and he's mental" lololol Great to see that H.R. is still full of shóite
FEn_100
pompeyrug, following my earlier comment i did some checked again and he's definetly around, the "speculation" i posted still stands, he is still regarded as a great prospect but apparently there is a possibility of a complication so the club have an alternative squad level target, as you said for 10mil you'd want to be sure. The i called works guy works on PA, the Mirror and the Mail.... so it's probably wrong
russellm
I think we'll get Fernandes as he's such a great prospect and we might end up selling him to Chelsea for around 25 million quid in the next few years when he proves himself !!!! Still, he's gotta be over his injury otherwise waiting is the right thing - even if that means missing him.
StuartM
I thought Manuel was still around, thanks for confirming russellm. Lets hope that we can tie up a deal with him. Not sure how keen he, or Benfica would be but it would be good to get an agreement in place that we can go back and sign in January if we can't now, he'd surely be over the injury by then...
pompeyrug
 

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