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James Joins Pompey as well!

Signings are proving like busses for Pompey at the moment, you wait ages for one then two (or more!) come along at once as we`ve also now signed David James. Another International signing and England International at that is good news for Portsmouth Football Club.

Following up the signing of Sol Campbell 'arry has added David James to his summer purchases. A fee of around £1.2 million has been paid to Manchester City for the 36-year-old 'keeper who has signed a two-year contract.

His arrival will add competition to Dean Kiely and probably even see him replace the current number one. Competition is healthy for the club but following Kiely`s recent comments to the News maybe he`ll not be so keen,

'I don't think me being replaced would be deserving on the back of my contribution over the past six months.'

How much Dean Kiely would really like to fight for his place as Pompey`s number one I`m not sure? With the pair being the wrong side of 30 both will feel they need to play first team football. Kiely was unwilling to previously act as back-up with Charlton so personally I can`t see him playing second fiddle to James for too long…

James may have to work hard to win over some doubters but he is still a quality addition to the squad. Some footballers are able to be capped, and maybe more than once perhaps down to luck before being found out, but no matter what you may feel about him he must have quality as you don`t win 34 International caps, especially with England without possessing this.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 11 2006

Time: 11:22PM

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With both James and Campbell being left out of the current England squad maybe those days are behind them, but they are still International quality players so this can only help us...
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11/08/2006 23:25:00

Looks like signing for PFC goes with getting dropped by England. Does this mean we're about to sign Beckham?
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11/08/2006 23:32:00

Mclaren is building for the future so was bound to shuffle the pack - he has the Euro's in two years time to prepare for - but James and Sol will obviosuly try to get back in the frame which is good for us. However we desperately need a striker and midfielder before next week!
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11/08/2006 23:42:00

Nothing wrong with signing Ex internationals. At least they won't be called upon to represent their country and therefore add to a growing number of seasonal games plus weakening the team . Not to mention increasing the risk of injury.
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11/08/2006 23:50:00

you have got two of the best ex england players there and you should be proud that they have chose to sigh for you, as a arsenal fan i have to be envious that we could not keep sol and have him for another year, but i do think that he is going to be one of you better players this year and i think that you will be pushing for european places
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11/08/2006 23:54:00

I hope that you are right Walcott, it would be a dream come true for me. Here is my rant, a slight variation on the then Newcastle Manager Kevin Keegans rant towards Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferugson "I TELL YOU THIS NOW, I'D LOVE IT, I'D LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT INTO EUROPE!"
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12/08/2006 00:21:00

That is a distant pipe dream at the moment ruggy. First and foremost we must secure survival and therefore retain Prem status. If that means a mid table position then it will have been a successful season with possibly one or two surprise wins over the big boys. Anything better will be a BIG BIG Bonus, but I will not be giving that a thought as that is aiming too high for the present. 11th or 12th is more likely current indicators, that of course will change depending on results, injuries and signings.
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12/08/2006 01:18:00

I agree with PompeyGray as regards signing ex-Internationals -at least these guys won't get injured playing in international matches or flying off to the African Nations Cup when we need them the most !
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12/08/2006 04:15:00

Four ENGLISH signings and all four have played for England, one thing you can't beat is experience. The young players can only learn from these players and get better and better while pushing us up the table to safety
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12/08/2006 08:04:00

I hear what you are saying mid table, maybe just above would represent a great season in my eyes, anything above an absolute bonus indeed but we can dream... As for the players signing being English that is great, England or former England Internationals (with the exception of Thompson who didn't get capped at senior level did he) even better. When all is said and done our overseas counterparts are generally technically better than us brits but can lack that spirit and determination. Not all fancy those cold, wet, windy days/nights in the winter (and summer usually!) do they, we love it, it's what we've been brought up on...
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12/08/2006 09:52:00

pompeygray family members call me ruggy when they are after something, so what is it you want...
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12/08/2006 09:54:00

good thing i got my signed dean kiely poster then! will be worth a few bob (if your name is Chris). as for signing James im reasonably happy with the outcome. now id like to see us tie up the Vargas/Fernandes deals, finisg the signing of Kanu and get those bids for Distin/Martins/Muntari done and dusted. Ruggy..... oh Rusgter (lol) can i have £250,000 please ???????!?!?!?!?! hahahha
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12/08/2006 12:15:00

Hopefully Vargas and Fernandes will be completed in the coming week, surely the Vargas deal will if all has been agreed as we think it has. A work permit would be a formality wouldn't it... Martins and Muntari would be superb signings, I liked Muntari at the WC. As for your £250,000 request pp, I've given it some though and come to the conclusion, I have two words and the latter if off!!! lol :) Nah, If I had £250,000 to lend you (if lending was even part of the plan, maybe you meant to have and not replay!) I would...
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12/08/2006 15:11:00

He's been there & done it. Has the experience that will hopefully give our defence some help. I hope.
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12/08/2006 17:27:00

been at the cricket where the guest was tuffers, ruggers, anyway i want a £million....if your giving it away. Did post before that we would be looking for a replacement for Kiely in Jan for the same reasons Charlton had to, he is a goos shot stopper no doubts, but his kicking out aint what it should be. Anyway as long as Ashdown stays for the future it should be ok, he may even benefit from calamity's experience. Now lets go for another mid fielder and that striker, 5 live's football rumour show said that the Muntari deal is 90% complete. They also say his attitude makes him a better prospect than Martins, do we really want a non scoring striker that'll dissapear of to africa with the scoring one for a couple of weeks of each season. oh and ruggers i'd invest your mill in a brown envelope for Petrov's agent, im gutted that we wont be getting him.
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12/08/2006 20:02:00

Just need to clarify my earlier rant, the non scoring striker is Kanu or in his case Kant . He's been let go by the Arse, the baggies & I just Kant get motivated about his coming but, if it happens i hope we will all get behind him.
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12/08/2006 20:14:00

I'd rather you put the million I'll "donate" to you russellm into a brown paper bag for a forward!!! I like Petrov but a forward is a position we need to fill more than midfielder IMHO
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13/08/2006 00:05:00

i am given to understand from 5 live yesterday and today that the forward position was resolved with Muntari a cert, so my theory was that Petrov (who wont be coming i'm sure ) is a champions league goal scoring midfielder and reduces the requirement for another squad striker. P.s papers all say NoW, ST, SM (phnar phnar) all state vargas & fernandes coming this week. Apparently the DM reported Barry rumour is not coming from the player or the agent but shock of shocks " a well placed informer within the club"
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13/08/2006 13:24:00


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