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Redknapp wants 35 goal partnership!

Speaking in The News Harry Redknapp has revealed that he wants a strike partnership capable of supplying Pompey with 35 goals next season!

'If you don't score goals you don't win. That's why they are so valuable.

'We had Kanu weigh in with 12 goals last season and he was great.

'But I would like to have two strikers who will give me 35 goals.

'To have two frontmen weigh in with that between them would make the difference, but where are they?'

If Pompey can have a strike force that potent next season then we will easily consolidate - at the very least - our position last season, more than likely improve, quite possibly to the extent of Uefa cup football.

Thus far Redknapp's attempts have been thwarted by asking prices being too high - with this apparently the reason why Yakubu will not be coming back to Pompey from Boro, players opting for other clubs - as has happened with Mark Viduka or potential targets not being prolific enough - Henri Camara and a proposed £3million move from Wigan and French based players touted for moves to Fratton for example.

I am not sure that any of our current strikers are capable of 10 goals let alone 15 so it will either need two brand new strikers, but finding two - reasonably priced - capable of 15-20 goals each will be almost impossible, or one that can score at least 25 goals - and players of the quality and standard do not come cheap! One thing that is almost certain is we would need to again break our transfer record once, maybe twice to achieve this.

Redknapp asks where are these strikers that can score the goals?

I ask you the same thing, realistically - in terms of them wanting to come here and us not being held at ransom, who could Pompey get that may give us such a potent goal return?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 8 2007

Time: 9:19AM

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how likely it is he would come i am not sure and i do not know how true that rumour was that anelka was spotted at fratton - i am not holding my breath tho - but if it is then we have a 15min-25max goal man right there - anelka and benjani could be some partnership… his price tho? I would expect around the £10m mark, would this be considered too much? personally i would say it is about right, but more to the point, what we would have to pay...
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08/06/2007 09:25:00

Anelka's a good goalscorer, but the likelihood is that he would only stick around for one season before getting cold feet....personally I'd want a player with a bit more loyalty. Could take a punt on Alan Smith if his contract isn't renewed, although I suspect he might want to stay 'Up North'. Gone a bit quiet on the Defoe front too. Harewood could do a good job for us and wouldn't cost as much as others. OR for a gamble on a lower leagues striker, what about Billy Sharp from S ****horpe!
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08/06/2007 09:50:00

The three strikers we tracked and lost last season were all 20+ goals per season merchants and most of them gave evidence of that during 2006/2007. I think either Hal has to pull something unusual out of the bag or we have to be lucky with a cola player or we pay-up and look big. For all his alleged faults, Jermain Defoe could be a star for us and with Toppenham still bidding like crazy, you never know . . .
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08/06/2007 11:26:00

Sorry Tantona, our bits crossed - similar thoughts, though
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08/06/2007 11:28:00

defoe is a player that i have said i feel will sign for us this summer - yep things have gone quiet but that means nothing. if spurs gets bent then defoe will be off,so why not here? a lower league striker could very well be worth a gamble so why not...
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08/06/2007 11:53:00

True PR, if they get Bent then Defoe could well end up fourth choice for them and he'll no doubt be after regular starts (even if coming to us would take him out of the England picture - you know what Mclaren's like).
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08/06/2007 13:08:00

the spineless steve debate will be opened up again shortly i think mate with an article i will be adding... we have to look at the anelka and defoe situations like this - teams like arsenal, liverpool, united and chelsea are not too likely to move for these players are they? they are good enough but they wont play will they? spurs will almost certainly sign bent - another that will not sign for one of these four you wouldn't have thought - so defoe will be off. pompey have the advantage over other teams for defoe because of 'arry, arguably the advantage over others for anelka because we are on the up and should build on last season, others are looking to start something after their form last season...
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08/06/2007 13:23:00

Oops, my comment got lost! Here it is again, which will explain why Pompeyrug mentioned Steve McClown....

...now let me see... I don't want to offend anyone here but if Harry wants a 35 goal partnership then he has to find someone who can score at least 30 of those alone as Kanu would take over three seasons to achieve that, which is what it has taken him so far.

I don't think we'll ever see the likes of Defoe here, he still has an outside chance of an England call up and with that ginger headed maggot McClown in charge, nobody who comes to Pompey will ever get a call up. the guy is a complete pratt, even if Beckham came here he'd not pick him just because we're Pompey. Get rid of the scum, vermin like him should not even have a job in football.

Rant over - for now.

Et_tu_Pompeii - I wouldn't go shouting too loudly about what you and Tantona get up to at night, some people may not like the idea of the pair of you getting your bits crossed! ;)
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08/06/2007 13:29:00

but are england the draw they once were TPB? obviously everyone wants to play for their country but do players have as much pride to so - on the whole - these days? with this thought also in mind this only makes me think that we could get defoe here even more so... even so, the fact that defoe is younger should never see him come out of the england reckoning anyway - even if he plays for pompey, should it?
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08/06/2007 13:34:00

Further to the Defoe and Anelka debate, how many of you out there feel that we may well be the team of the moment, along with Reading that is who will be pushing even harder next season? I can see Bolton really coming a cropper now, I also feel Reading will not find it quite so easy next season either, whereas we've had our apprenticeship and have come through it quite well - Wigan nearly failed despite having a good first season, Sheffield were unlucky after the Tevez situation and Watford never were going to make the grade.

Man City are a club in freefall, Fulham may well be fighting to stay out of the bottom three, West Ham however may be a stronger bet now as will Newcastle be.

Our problem was without doubt the inability of our forwards to score goals, had it not been for our midfield then we may well have been a lot further down the table.

I still think we should tap up Preston North End for a certain striker, he'd do it for us.
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08/06/2007 13:36:00

Sadly Pompeyrug, I feel that any player coming here is likely to not get the nod from England. Take David James for example, he should be in now, not Robinson. Where I live, I am surrounded by Reading supporters and plastic Man Utd fans, but they all agree Jamo should be playing for England. He has kept more clean sheets than Robinson this season and I think you will find conceded less, but still he cannot get the recognition he and this club deserves. A lot of it is also down to that crisp munching wing nut on Match of the Day, he never fails to miss an opportunity to give us some grief one way or another. And what have we done to deserve this? Nothing, just play decent, open and entertaining football, but "Hoof it Up the Park Bolton" and "Kick 'em into the Stands Blackburn" get good publicity, weird or what?
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08/06/2007 13:43:00

I think we should put a bid in for Harewood.
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08/06/2007 13:58:00

TPB, i am not sure i share your views on bolton or blackburn - bolton do what they do well and blackburn play some very good football, but do both really get that much good publicity really... we know, others know and even spineless steve knows that jamo should be in the team let alone the squad but is it really because he plays for pompey or is it spineless steve's stubborness when a decision is made that is seeing jamo miss out? sol played a blinder this season but you can understand why he is being left out but jamo, this is due to his stubborness i think... if defoe scores - even if it is with pompey - he will be in england contention, spineless made up his mind early the 'old guard' needed changing - he wont go back, defoe is the here and now pompey shirt or not will not change this. i firmly belive that matty taylor would have been in the england b side recently, maybe even the team that played brazil if he was fit - only the fact he was recovering from injury prevented this...
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08/06/2007 14:26:00

start spending money then harry and don't squander it on Henri Camara or marlon harewood who won't get you half of that total.
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08/06/2007 15:51:00

Heres some goss for ya boys!...I just saw Stevie Claridge walk into my local bookies in hilsea!!!! Could this be the man were lookin for??? :)
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08/06/2007 19:05:00

exactly the man we are looking for CharlieChimes :)
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09/06/2007 00:57:00

Camara will be better than what we have got, Wigan really missed him last season, harewood wont be better, otherwise its back to the old specul;ate to accumulate. as for the England players the reality is that as we finished in 9th spinless, gitfaced, weasely politician McClown did not have to consider our players, 7th and thje political pressure would have been too great not to.
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09/06/2007 10:49:00

a fit camara will score - and create - goals, but i am not sure on his attitude tho... whatever and whoever we get 'arry will get it right tho... if our english players play well over the next couple of seasons they will get a chance, even if this is under spineless steve - sol, definitely and probably jamo aside...
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09/06/2007 12:43:00

i stil think we should try and get d.a back
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09/06/2007 12:59:00

Sell matty taylor, bring kranjcar into the team, then use that money to put towards a good striker
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10/06/2007 09:33:00

nugent wants a move to the prem but says he wont wait all summer for everton
retro hat
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10/06/2007 10:43:00

but why do we need to sell matty taylor ausoccer - we apparently have money, £7m for muntari proves we have some - to raise funds for this striker? 'arry and gaydamak have said we do not need to sell in order to buy players so why should we? if everton are stalling over nugent we need to get in their while we can dont we retro hat - he is young, fresh and eager to play at this level, he would do a great job for pompey...
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10/06/2007 11:23:00

I still say we should go for Nugent and have done with it.
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11/06/2007 14:00:00

nugent would be a great signing, so if we could get him - can see no reason why not, other than the fact everton are his favoured team - lets do it...
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11/06/2007 14:21:00


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