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Muntari completes record Pompey move

Pompey have finally completed the club record transfer signing of Sulley Muntari from Udinese for an undisclosed amount - believed to be 7million, an amount that smashes the previous 4.4million paid for Benjani in January 2006.

Muntari - 22, becomes the third new Pompey arrival of the summer - after Sylvain Distin and Hermann Hreidarsson, both free transfers - and has signed a 5-year contract to stay with Pompey until 2012.

The Ghanaian international - like Distin before him - has set his sights on a place in Europe with Pompey - he told the Pompey website.

'Portsmouth is a fantastic club with class players such as Pedro Mendes, Sol Campbell, David James and Kanu and a great manager in Harry Redknapp, who is also a great man. I have been a Pompey supporter ever since they first wanted me a year ago and I've watched as many games as I could. The fans are great and they really love their football. I'm really looking forward to playing in front of them and helping the club make a push for European competition.'

So there you have it Peter Storrie was not telling a word of a lie when he told us 'not to panic' over this deal.

Muntari will make a great signing and further strengthen our starting eleven let alone squad, next up a goalscoring striker please Sasha! I am not getting carried away but be prepared for this club record to be broken again during the summer - especially if this striker turns out to be Jermain Defoe as I still feel it could be.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 30 2007

Time: 3:43PM

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i was never worried - okay i was a little... i am happy to have this deal concluded as what a great signing he will prove, it shows we mean business now! keep that cheque book handy for this 20 goal a season striker tho sasha...
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30/05/2007 15:49:00

You bricked it!!!!! :)
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30/05/2007 15:59:00

we have seen this before mate haven't we - so yep i will admit i worried that maybe we would see another deal fall on its arse! i was only a little worried mind...
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30/05/2007 16:02:00

great signing
retro hat
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30/05/2007 16:04:00

Muntari... Oh Oh Oh Oh... Muntari... Oh Oh Oh Oh... He Came from Udinese. ???? but then what? we need a song for the magic Man...
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30/05/2007 16:04:00

... hes not been sent off lately... Muntari oh oh oh oh... Muntari oh oh oh oh... how about that to finish it off midge?
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30/05/2007 16:07:00

Great signing. Another African! African Nations Cup in January! How many are we going to lose for that? In case no one else has thought of it!
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30/05/2007 16:10:00

that is the draw back but not many of our midfielders are african are they - and we do have quality in this area even without him...
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30/05/2007 16:22:00

upfront we maybe short come january though
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30/05/2007 16:29:00

Welcome aboard Sulley, now make yourself a hero
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30/05/2007 16:35:00

defoe at pompey? hahahahahahhahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahaha
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30/05/2007 16:43:00

good point storagematt, but pompeyrug is right it means we will be with the midfield line up that we have used for most of the last season. Angd given what you and ruggers have said It does make me wonder if the Yak would be such a great signing compared to either the Duka or Defoe
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30/05/2007 16:51:00

otherwise some may remeber i was raving about Muntari last year, now he is here i am delighted but hope i wasnt suffering from premature excitation
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30/05/2007 16:54:00

premature excitstion lol - do you get that a lot do you russell! another african forward at the club would be bad wouldn't it - in terms of how may we will lose anyway as it is - so viduka, fowler or defoe seem the options most likely to be taken up. we will see who is laughing elmo85 later in the summer...
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30/05/2007 17:05:00

elmo spurs in champions league? hahahahahahahahaha
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30/05/2007 17:39:00

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30/05/2007 18:13:00

LoL sadly pompeyrug i do suffer sometimes, but it only lasts for 30 seconds ;-(
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30/05/2007 19:47:00

Whilst on my business travels ( jollies) I have watched him play 3 times but they seem to be the only games he hasnt been carded. I think the EPL will suit him more, he does like the physical side of the game and i reckon he will be a good foil for Pedro Mendes. Lysi whilst you are clearly right the stadium could not have been the decider for Sulley ( i think HR's sheer persistence probably did it along with a massive wedge of salary) I am sure the night time picture of our future stadium was shown.
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30/05/2007 19:56:00

finally before i am forced to entertain my future out laws can some one help me... am i mistaken or was elmo the tw*t headed numb nut cockney in a 1985 comedy called brush strokes
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30/05/2007 20:00:00

Don't call the Premiership, EPL.
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30/05/2007 22:06:00

For ths new chant, we need somthing thst rhymes with Munt.....
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30/05/2007 22:18:00

Yes russell, think he was the big fat dopey prat! Ring any bells?
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30/05/2007 22:19:00

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31/05/2007 20:43:00

Scottish people with their great sense of football called their brand new 'Premier League' division 'SPL' to distinguish it from the REAL Premiership of the British Isles and when they wanted to dream on forums and other communicative breakthroughs of the internet about Premiership players moving to Celtic Rangers, they would say 'from the EPL'. Don't tell me even YOU are copying from the worst nation in the football world. Another goal for Scotland!
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31/05/2007 22:18:00

DOH!!!! , own goal
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31/05/2007 22:35:00

Udinese is called udine in italy could be similar to the benji song. Muntari... WOh Oh Oh... Muntari... WOh Oh Oh... He Came from Udine. he's gona score today. hes not got a card though he plays very hard in his ghanaian way. Muntari... WOh Oh Oh or we could simply change that to the amount of cards he does get in a game.
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31/05/2007 22:42:00

needs a bit of fine tuning russell me thinks - but it has potential...
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01/06/2007 00:16:00


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