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Redknapp not keen on Italian!

Redknapp not keen on Italian!

With Italian strikers Cristiano Lucarelli, who plays for Livorno and Rolando Bianchi, of Reggina - along with others - linked with possible moves to Pompey, Harry Redknapp has revealed to The News that his search for striking talent is unlikely to take him to Italy.

'Not many Italians make it over here. There are no guarantees they will settle in this country.

'I like Lucarelli. He's always scoring goals in Italy. But you look at all the players who come over who it doesn't work for.

'Of course there were people like Zola and Vialli who were fantastic. It doesn't work out that way all the time, though.'

Redknapp's reasoning is that strikers that have spent their entire career in Italy often find it hard to adapt to the English game, Zola and Vialli being the most notable exceptions to the rule.

I am not so sure on this way of thinking, but Redknapp should know best - you would think.


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Date:Thursday June 7 2007
Time: 1:42PM

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Expensive & unpredictable!!!
07/06/2007 13:56:00
07/06/2007 14:09:00
you are precise and to the point aren't you storagematt - no messing...
07/06/2007 14:47:00
Look at the (then) clubs of the WC06 winning players of Italy: all home based.
07/06/2007 15:28:00
italian league is very different to the prem especialy for strikers
retro hat
07/06/2007 16:23:00
not worth the risk
07/06/2007 19:51:00
No messing.
07/06/2007 20:01:00
why go for italians? I mean he keeps saying theres no strikers DEFOE, ASHTON, YAKUBU, BELLAMY, ROBERTS, CAMARA, SMITH, BEATIE (lol), MIDO?, EASTWOOD, CROUCH, MARTINS, ANELKA and even KALOU. yes, i know some are rubbish but some are quality. you may think that some wont go but if you offer the right ammount. all i want is another yakubu, and for next season. im sorry but if i see kanu, lualua or even toddy startin next season on the first day i will be very angry..........THE YAK IS BACK?
07/06/2007 21:15:00
Even as a lazy git you could still guarantee a whole bunch of goals. I actually think he's become a better footballer since joining that industrial side from the North East. Is there a chance we could buy him? where has this story come from?
07/06/2007 22:31:00
Et_Tu_P i asked my mate in red top media street and the answer is it has come from us, you, pompey gleamer, me and other pompey web sites, everyone is saying we havent replaced the Yak, you may not believe it but the journos and im given to understand even the players also surf the sites like ours. As for harrys words im not convinced, did you ever see ravanelli play? a geedy ******** but he was good, frequently star of the show. You may also want to consider the amount of times players like Maldini stopped English teams in there tracks, i think it is ridiculous to say that they couldnt do the same on any given saturday, sunday or wednesday afternoon. Those of us who think that Italians cant take the cold weather need to watch a game at the stadio del'alpi on a wet November afternoon, eh by gum la it makes Hull seem tropical .... Also it was an issue of the drinking culture, the italians dont do it and they were frequently ostracised by Premiership team mates for that. Some one remind me was it not an Italian who almost single handedly kept WHUFC in the premiership and also performed perhapse the most gentlemenly act seen for years in the english game, and saved harry's job to boot. I also remember that some years back harry said the same about the french, just before he attempted to buy most of them. Nah ruggers, if i may say with the greates respect Arry's talking a load of boogers
07/06/2007 23:11:00
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