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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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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 31 2007

Time: 9:33AM

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I'm all for Viduka. He would be another free signing so I don't see why Redknapp would miss him out.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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
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31/05/2007 20:36:00

looks like viduka will head for the humbugs
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31/05/2007 21:34:00

bring back steve claridge.
The Rabbi
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31/05/2007 22:01:00

and micky quinn
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31/05/2007 22:11:00

If we can't get Defoe, I'd gamble on Nugent. Him & Benji would be a good pair. A lot of pace & strrength. What about the French pair, one of them is a striker?
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31/05/2007 22:13:00

Storagematt it wouldnt surprise me, the other 67.99999 million french are strikers, they are always on strike for something or another
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31/05/2007 22:33:00

defoe only has a year or so left on his contract doesn't he? a lot talk is saying something around 7m could land him - but he does not want to sign for pompey... if we have the cash lets test the spurs resolve and put it where our mouth is and see what happens... im coming round to the idea of eastwood i think and nugent would be class...
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01/06/2007 00:32:00

belive me, Eduardo da silva is player for you, he play for Dinamo Zagreb, in croatia national team he is the strongest striker... he play against England in Zagreb 0:2 for Croatia and scored for first goal, he scored also against Arsenal.... This year he score 52 goals, some of them in Dinamo, some for national team.... but he will maybe to expencive.... you can watch...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfXGOGzEAwk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRHw94ACTpQ&mode=related&search= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agUK6C_iuMQ&mode=related&search=
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01/06/2007 07:22:00

Russellm looking back over Viduka's career in england he has had the odd good season but there have been many indifferent ones too http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/fo/profiles/4509.html Admittedly i think this only shows league goals but he's hardly the prolific striker we're looking for. At 32 though he is old enough for Harry to play him though.
Steve C
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01/06/2007 12:45:00

I think we should ditch toddy and kanu now. Lets splash the cash on David Trezeguet, Nicolas Anelka, and Jermain Defoe instead. Whats the point of having fifteen central defenders and a dozen midfielders when the forward line looks about as menacing as Dad's Army.
The Rabbi
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01/06/2007 19:23:00

The Rabbi, the forward line would probably look more menacing if it actually were the dad's army lot...
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02/06/2007 10:54:00

Viduka can join the Toon for all I care because he doesn't deserve to be in a great side - end of story.
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02/06/2007 16:02:00

We will be linked with every striker in the country, lets get the big one, the Yak should come home, break the bank and pair him with Benjy or Lua Lua, at least with the Yak you are guaranteed 15 - 20 goals a season. Defoe will go if Bent goes to Spurs, Nugent wants to go to Everton and could Eastwood really cut it in the premiership straight away? Harry will know who he wants and will hopefully get him.
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02/06/2007 20:14:00

i reckon saganowski could be a good sighning as troyes have gone down and he wants a move to a big club i heard man city where after him and for 300,000 he isn;t an expensive gamble plus he is reasonabley young
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03/06/2007 16:29:00

eduardo scored again..... estonia vs croatia 0:1, assist by niko kranjcar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DylZpyE6CSw
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04/06/2007 07:00:00

Happy with anyone but we really need to have some younger players coming in, because when our players leave (other than Yak) we are not making money off them putting more pressure on the Gaffer to buy bargain basement golden oldies!
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05/06/2007 12:33:00

andy croat 27
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05/06/2007 15:04:00

i watched the croatia game on saturday and altho eduardo did not do much, what he did he did well... could be a useful player? getting that yak back is all good and well but he'll be gone for a month or so for the african nations wont he...
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06/06/2007 00:25:00

for pompeyrug--- eduardo is from brasil but he came in croatia when he was 15 years old and now play for croatia national team. whole team in saturday played poor match, they have only one real good opportunity and they score (eduardo), he scored 6 goals in this qualifications until now, included goal against England. he scored last summer in London for dinamo against Arsenal, in friendly match against Italy...... but he's value is around 8-9million Euro.... ask HR about this player, he already watched him....but he is probably too expencive for Pompey... today Croatia play with Russia in Zagreb, that will be very interesting match.... I wish to England beat today Estonia.... and one think about Niko Kranjcar, in saturday he did not do much, that his old problem with ''small'' matches but today will be the ''big'' match against Russia I belive in him....
andy croat 27
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06/06/2007 07:20:00


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