Date:Thursday May 31 2007
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.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Thursday May 31 2007
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