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Bring us a striker next please Sacha

Bring us a striker next please Sacha

The free transfer signings of Sylvain Distin and Hermann Hreidarsson have left our defence looking pretty tasty now - with cover for possible injuries, suspensions and loss of form - so we are pretty much covered in this area.

Sulley Muntari's club record arrival from Udinese - believed to be £7million - has added further quality to an already very strong midfield area, so again we are looking pretty solid here. However, add the possible arrival of Arnold Mvuemba and the Trinidad & Tobago trio and we will literally be bursting at the seams!

A striker or better still strikers are what we need next - I know this, you know this, Harry Redknapp knows this and you can be damn sure Sacha Gaydamak knows this too.

With Benjani, Lomana LuaLua and Kanu - if he stays - heading off for the African Nations early next year it is even more imperative that we get others - at least one other - in to help Svetoslav Todorov. None of these are particularly potent in front of goal though at the best of times anyway are they - Todorov could be if given a chance.

But who are the options - that we have been linked with - that we could go for? Lets take a look.

Jermain Defoe - The England man wants regular first team football to help his international chances, with Keane signing a new contract with Spurs and Berbatov 'going nowhere' the chances of that for him at Spurs next season are not great - he would still more than play a major part though. Redknapp knows him all too well from his time at West Ham and although money isn't a problem for Spurs a serious bid could tempt them, then allow them to sign Darren Bent. He may be lazy but you know you will get 15-20 goals minimum from him.

Yakubu - The Yak has been heavily linked with a return to Pompey for a while, very heavily the past week or so. Redknapp doesn't hide his admiration for the fella and would love him back here. He is lazy but his game has improved since he left and he does put in more effort these days plus he would score goals - the draw back though, he would be off to the African Nations himself.

Mark Viduka - The Aussie has been at the head of the list for weeks now since he first surprisingly shot to the top of our 'most wanted' charts. He can score goals and brings others into play but he is looking for big bucks and is known to pick up injuries.

Others have been linked including Fowler and Nugent but the three above most strongly with one or more the most likely to arrive - my money is still on Defoe but I would not be surprised to see two from three. Whatever happens and whoever arrives I would think that Muntari's new club record fee could come under serious threat!

Which striker would you like to see Pompey move for? Lets keep suggestion as realistic as possible though.


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Date:Thursday May 31 2007
Time: 9:33AM


I'm all for Viduka. He would be another free signing so I don't see why Redknapp would miss him out.
31/05/2007 12:33:00
Viduka is a big fat lazy Aussie slob who will score goals. My question is his work ethic is lacking in the support of others. Personally I don't like him...the best Aussie we ever had was John Aloisi followed by the pot *****er Hayden Foxe. I would rather see Viduka join West Ham and Lucas Neil so that the Aussies grab a team that cannot win anything. If we stay 'Aussie Free' we can go places. Believe me I live here and if we beat 'AUSSIE' teams it is very gratifying.
31/05/2007 15:21:00
like to see one experienced striker and one from the championship maybe one of Eastwood or Nugent although i doubt HR will want to pay the money they want for those two. Don't think Viduka will be any better than we've already got, Not sure what to think about Defoe, certainly he's got talent but if he's as lazy as Spurs fans think he's probably not the answer. What i do find worrying is the number of African players in the squad or being linked with us when the African Cup of Nations is due in January.
Steve C
31/05/2007 16:57:00
We need to pull someone out of the bag. Viduka wants to stay in the north & latest suggets the barcodes will have him. Defoe would be great but he may cost £10m+. Kanu may not be able to reproduce what he gave us in the first 5 months of last season. Benji tries very hard but we need goals & Lazy Lout needs off loading.
31/05/2007 17:05:00
So, all we need is.....a young, energetic, 20 a season striker for under 10mil! come on boys, this is not an easy task. Saying all that but Everton got Johnson for abut 7mil didnt they?. If we got the dough, I say we have a real pop for Defoe, he is without a doubt a better striker than any we have right now (contraversial!!!). If Dukes is a free, than I say get him, regardles if we like him or not, he did score goals this season. & with either of these players we wouldnt have to worry abouth the african nations. All that aside, I would love to see Yak & Benji up front!
31/05/2007 19:48:00
steveC how can a 19 goal haul despite being injured for a large chunk of the season not be any better than what we have already got, unless you love our half season wonder ( gooners words not mine) Kanu. I just dont get this arguement. Somebody earlier called him a 1 dimensional player, AGREED ITS CALLED A REGULAR GOAL SCORER.... something we have been lacking since Chrimbo. pompeygray says he is and i quote " Viduka is a big fat lazy Aussie slob who will score goals" !!! WELL THAT SOUNDS LIKE BAD NEWS... WE WOULDN'T BE WANTING ONE OF THEM THERE REGULAR GOAL SCORERS NOW WOULD WE??? The other factor is he wouldnt be off to the ACofN. Re Defoe as i said i cant find a spurs fan up here who doesnt think they should sell him at the 1st offer over 5mill.
31/05/2007 20:30:00
would love to see Nugent or eastwood in an Pompey shirt but i cant see it happening, they are way too young for our Arry. Yak would be great to but he will be off to Africa when we would most need him.
31/05/2007 20:33:00
I diid wonder about Kanoute, but i think he is off to the champions league with Seville so he wont be coming either
31/05/2007 20:36:00
looks like viduka will head for the humbugs
31/05/2007 21:34:00
bring back steve claridge.
The Rabbi
31/05/2007 22:01:00
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