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Lauren Signs For Pompey!!

Lauren has completed his move from Arsenal to Portsmouth. He has joined on a two and a half year contract and has signed for an undisclosed fee.

Lauren is a right back; which causes Harry Redknapp somewhat of a dilemma. Glen Johnson, all be it on loan, has been fantastic for Portsmouth this year and could consider himself very unlucky should he be dropped. Lauren can play on the right of midfield but Gary O`Neil currently occupies that position.

He won`t go straight into the Pompey starting eleven after being out for so long with a serious knee ligament injury. No doubt about it though, this is a fantastic signing for Portsmouth Football Club.




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Date:Thursday January 18 2007

Time: 6:06PM

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not on the offical site??
lmatthews
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18/01/2007 18:08:00

it is
VitalPompeyAdmin
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18/01/2007 18:27:00

You have got yourselves a great player there! Good luck to Ralph he will be sorely missed at the grove.
iceman10
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18/01/2007 18:32:00

i think this is a great signing
VitalPompeyAdmin
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18/01/2007 18:34:00

this is a top top signing
lmatthews
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18/01/2007 18:35:00

Class player, greta signing.
storagematt
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18/01/2007 18:37:00

An ideal eventual replacement for on-loan Johnson. I'm not at all bothered by the fact that we now have two decent RBs scrapping for the first team place, Lauren would be cleared of injuries by summer and would have a lot more clubs after him by then. The only snag for Lauren is that when Chelsea send a player off on loan they say that the player is good enough to eventually play at Stamford Bridge and expect to see the player on the first team squad, otherwide they won't learn how good the player can be. Still, Lauren is like another Sol Campbell for the back four.
Lysimachus
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18/01/2007 18:37:00

HR says he can play in a number of positions along the back four. Centre half? Left back? That would be useful in case Djimi fails to shine.
Et_tu_Pompeii
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18/01/2007 18:42:00

i think harry meant right back or right midfield but don't no, ask the arsenal fans
lmatthews
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18/01/2007 18:50:00

Quote from a couple of years ago: "I will play wherever, whether it is right-back, right midfield, in the middle, I don't care."
Et_tu_Pompeii
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18/01/2007 19:05:00

As an Arsenal fan, i'm sorry to see him go......you got a quality player, and he don't dive as much as his replacement
plasticspam
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18/01/2007 19:08:00

Lauren is an extremely versatile player. He signed for Arsenal as a CM, converted to RM then RB. You lot better look after him!
simmy8_2000
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18/01/2007 19:10:00

Great player, sad to see him go :(
Rocky7
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18/01/2007 19:24:00

What a fantastic sighning!! really chuffed! will he start at right midfield on Sat??? well done Arry!!
CharlieChimes
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18/01/2007 20:09:00

right midfield? and drop who...
lmatthews
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18/01/2007 20:17:00

Now i am always banging on about a solid defence 1st and i agree he will with Lysi he will be good competition for GJ. My concern has to be that he is injury prone and has lost that turn of pace required to turn defence into attack. My frog mates are telling me he thinks as well Sol Campbell and has pressure game experience so do we really care. All in all a positive move for the club, especially with all that extra TV dosh about to appear.
russellm
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18/01/2007 20:19:00

kerching!
pompey pessimist
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18/01/2007 20:37:00

just glad we pinched a player from other prem clubs noses FOR ONCE. unlucky WHU and newcastle... u did pinch martins of us!! what about pamarot? how much does everyone think the fee was?!
pompey pessimist
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18/01/2007 20:39:00

Another experienced professional at the club which can only be good. Please arry, bring in Ben Haim from Bolton and we will have a great range of defensive options.
bluedr
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18/01/2007 20:44:00

about 1.6 million
VitalPompeyAdmin
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18/01/2007 20:46:00

I think Glen Johnson should be the most worried as Lauren could quite easily be at right back this weekend - which is where I think he'll play most of his games.....
StuartM
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18/01/2007 21:21:00

well it may be a good signing and I do trust HR..but I would still like to see a quality forward come along and join us..not to mention in our transfer sweep at work ive got griffin going to stoke and Muntari coming to frattton
plymouth graham
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18/01/2007 21:44:00

re tal ben haim i understood he wanted to go to chelsea with his good freind Avrim Grant, it would be great for Muntari to come here, but as he can play thet break up role i feel it would see Hughes on his way. I reckon Glen's position will only be under threat if a) he makes it clear he wants to go back to Chelski or b) Harry stops the attacking back tactic, which he may consider for away games where we cant seem to win..... now if Kanu goes all we need is the Yak back. It will be intresting to see how Cole performs on saturday, i hope we murder them (not in a thatcherite way before Noumea starts again), but i cant stand Thatcher or slimey Pardew. nothing too much just 3 points and 4-0 please. although i guess we will do our usual heavy weather job and scrape it 1-0.
russellm
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18/01/2007 23:41:00

russell way to optimistic there bud! 1-0 ??? nah it will 2-1 (we have conceeded in every match since i can remember!) and we will scrape it in the last 10 mins! traore will mess it up, benji will score.
pompey pessimist
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18/01/2007 23:48:00

great signing for your club, wish him and your team the best of luck, we'll miss him :( and hope you guys beat liverpool for the fourth spot now..
luckys_10
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19/01/2007 03:44:00

Good luck to Mayer (full name, as you'll on arsenal.con is Laureno Bisan Etame Mayer, I like calling hi Etame Mayer), and seeing as I don't particularly dislike Pompey, hope he does well for you. and yes, it is a class signing. He may be 30, but even if I was the one being asked, I'd have kept him. These top players are like that; whatever they lose to age, they make up for with experince and class, which is why you see man u taking a Barca "reject" on loan.
Gaga
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19/01/2007 12:32:00

Lauren Becalled up for Pompey. Well may he shine on the silver screen.
pompeygray
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19/01/2007 12:56:00

Best of luck to Lauren with his Pompey career!
getintoem
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19/01/2007 14:44:00

Imathews, I was thinkin with Oneil out, we should start GJ in right midfieild & Lauren rightback, wadays recon? Glenn is great going forward!
CharlieChimes
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19/01/2007 15:34:00

good idea but he will play it the other way round i would have thought
lmatthews
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19/01/2007 15:39:00

What a cracking signing. Always been a fan of Lauren's, takes a decent penalty too I believe. Gary O'Neil is suspended isn't he so he may very well make his debut tomorrow. Any lingering hopes we had of signing Glen Johnson in the summer seem to have gone with this though haven't they? Chelsea probably wouldn't have let him go anyway...
pompeyrug
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19/01/2007 15:56:00

Pessimist of course was just drunk... whilst you have really thought it out, you truly are a god, i am merely mortal
russellm
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19/01/2007 17:27:00

I think you are right ruggers, which is why it was my option "a" above, but we dont know who else is on there way out yet. Doula is off, I think Dej has had it now. good Kanu is a bit restless and i would say things dont look to for LuaLua either.
russellm
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19/01/2007 17:34:00

by the way isnt Glen Johnsson's attitude toilet
russellm
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19/01/2007 18:31:00

Ive heard GJ has a bit of a chip on his sholder, still a class player though!
CharlieChimes
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19/01/2007 19:03:00

Well balanced players should have chips on both shoulders. With all the chippies around Portsmouth it shouldn't be too hard to souce appropriate raw materials.
pompeygray
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20/01/2007 00:02:00

bit salty of you pg
russellm
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20/01/2007 00:59:00

pompgray, password vinegar tongue
russellm
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23/01/2007 23:44:00

This should be a good signing for you. Whos next from Arsenal
miked_joker
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25/01/2007 13:55:00

 

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