Date:Thursday January 11 2007
Since the summer Pompey have been linked with player after player in potential big money moves but none of these are really coming off. The rumour, suggestion and speculation amoung the often gutter press has been rife recently with shadow's cast over Sacha Gaydamak`s ability to provide us the funds he is said to have.
With Pompey things are rarely as they seem and my doubts as to Sacha's money have grown more and more as time has gone by with the recent names being linked with the club almost all being done so in loan capacity or low budget transfers; this does not suggest to me that we have much money to play with.
In the summer transfer window we were reported to have a budget of £20-30 million, in the current window this is being reported as being as little as £5 million! How can we go from moves for players such as Defoe for £12 million, Farfan for £10 million, Petrov for £6 million and even the almost nailed on signing of Fernandes for £10 million to then being unwilling to pay even £6 million for him now? We have resorted to the £1 million signing of Djimi Traore and loan captures of others. Muntari is again being linked but should this be any more than merely a loan deal I would be surprised.
Spending money for the sake of it buying over paid mercenaries is something that I dread Pompey doing but with us sitting in sixth place in the league, casting aside the age old argument of playing in a run down stadium with below standard facilities, surely we are a club that could attract players that will insure that a place in Europe is achieved come the end of the season but money needs to be spent on them. Do we have this though, my worries that we don't are increasing all the time!
Most of the big money moves have only been rumoured in the papers but am I the only one that is beginning to worry about us even having these kind of funds to buy them in the first place?
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Thursday January 11 2007
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