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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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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 7 2007

Time: 1:42PM

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Expensive & unpredictable!!!
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07/06/2007 13:56:00

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07/06/2007 14:09:00

you are precise and to the point aren't you storagematt - no messing...
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07/06/2007 14:47:00

Look at the (then) clubs of the WC06 winning players of Italy: all home based.
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07/06/2007 15:28:00

italian league is very different to the prem especialy for strikers
retro hat
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07/06/2007 16:23:00

not worth the risk
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07/06/2007 19:51:00

No messing.
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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?
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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?
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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
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07/06/2007 23:11:00

yep tend to agree mate - i tried to say as much without going against 'arry too much... do you really think the players look at sites such as this then mate? lualua and kanu to name but to might not be amused :)
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08/06/2007 00:27:00

belive me, Eduardo da silva is player for you, he play for Dinamo Zagreb, in croatia national team he is the strongest striker... he played against England in Zagreb 0:2 for Croatia and scored for the 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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08/06/2007 07:48:00

andy croat 27, yep as i have said before the fella looks pretty useful but could he cut it in the premiership tho? this is the thing...
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08/06/2007 09:30:00

for pompeyrug belive me, he can..... he is miracle... for dinamo played players like robert prosinecki, davor suker, mark viduka, boban..... but none of them isn't score goals so easy like eduardo. HR watched him before but I think that he is to expencive for Pompey, against Russia many managers watched him (juventus, bayern, ajax....) ask Harry what he thinks about Eduardo da Silva or maybe about Luka Modric. don't forget he score against England, Russia, Italy(friendly match), Arsenal (champion league)... he scored in qualification for euro, 6 goals...how many England players scored by now..,.
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08/06/2007 12:27:00

article write by Tom Dart from times, he write somethink for Eduardo http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/euro_2008/article1896445.ece
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08/06/2007 12:37:00

if he is that good - after all he is brazilian by birth isn't he - then if we could get him, from what i have seen i have liked him, we should... even tho teams like juve, munich and ajax are sniffing around then if 'arry likes him - if the price is right - the fact that we have kranjcar here already could tip things in our favour?
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08/06/2007 13:27:00

he is better than kranjcar..... he run all match, very fast player with brasillian touch
andy croat 27
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08/06/2007 14:37:00

he is a different player to kranjcar tho isn't he - but i am not thinking like that, i just mean that with pompey already having one croatian here - obviously kranjcar - it might help our chances of getting eduardo?
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08/06/2007 14:40:00

Lucarelli would be a good signing. very gifted player.
The Rabbi
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08/06/2007 15:53:00

thats true -that he different player, I just wont to say that Eduardo have potential to be a world star, they played together for Dinamo and for U21, U19 and now in first National team. He's price is around 8 mil.euro... He is better more than half of players that you mention in yours analysis (DEFOE, ASHTON, YAKUBU, BELLAMY, ROBERTS, CAMARA, SMITH, BEATIE (lol), MIDO?, EASTWOOD, CROUCH, MARTINS, ANELKA, KALOU)...he isn't from big club and that is the reason why did you don't now much of him... but statistics doesn't lie.
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08/06/2007 16:04:00

hi ruggers sorry didnt answer your question I was away on business, i am told that frequently when a player "feels unloved" it is because they have been on the fan sites.
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09/06/2007 10:39:00

andy croat you used ot think Krunchie was the best player in croatian team, I did read the article at the time of print and it was complimentary
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09/06/2007 10:40:00

well hopefully russellm my message to lualua can make him feel slightly more loved then mate :) i would like to hope that the players do read what we say and can take the rough with the smooth - after all on the whole we speak the truth do we not? the majority overrule the minority so if you get some 'idiots' spraying out constant rubbish the others will shoot them down so players will know this... players could do a lot worse than listening to us tho couldn't they - some listen to what their agents tell them far too much, but they are not always looking out for the players best interests are they...
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09/06/2007 12:38:00


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