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Sunday was a surprisingly quiet day for Pompey and the tabloids, with most of the 'links' actually coming in the mighty News of the World!

This paper claimed that Sunderland are looking to sign Andy O'Brien - who has been told he can leave - although Wigan were later also linked with him. So long as we recoup a bit of what we paid out he will move on shortly, you would think?

The same paper made claims that Jermain Defoe has turned down a £12million offer to rejoin West Ham, also ruling out a possible move to Pompey, 'Jermain's just not interested.' I wonder how interested he could be though if/when Spurs sign Darren Bent, hmmm?

Nothing really caught my eye though on a 'quiet' Sunday for speculation although if I had to pick I would admit I did have a little chuckle at the fact that The News of the World - yep, that paper again! - reported Yakubu was 'on the brink of walking out on Middlesbrough,' but reports were quickly denied in the Middlesbrough Gazette by Boro chief executive Keith Lamb.

'Yakubu is contracted to this club for the foreseeable future and we have no plans to change that.

'They are all looking forward to seeing the Yak back for pre-season training and he's very much part of our future.'

So, Yakubu will be leaving Boro in the coming weeks then - as this usually happens after such denial - what price a Pompey return even though it has been written off?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 11 2007

Time: 9:08AM

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I know signing the Yak might seem like a little step back, but there's no doubting his goalscoring ability and I'd love to see him back here. I expect he'd enjoy being back at his old stamping ground as well, only when he left didn't he mention heading off to a 'bigger club' or something....?
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11/06/2007 09:34:00

Would love to see this happen. This is just like how Boro behaved when they unsettled him, and nicked him from us. Please let this happen.
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11/06/2007 10:33:00

I don't see it as a step back really Tantona, I feel that he has gone away to search for what he thought was better only for us to come roaring back to prove how much he was misled by Steve McClown and also that bumbling pair we had at Pompey - Perrin and Mandaric. Now I know that is going to upset a few people as Milan has indeed been hugely instrumental in our rebirth - but he only really ever saw us as a means to an end, any emotional attachment to us was purely spin; after all, you only have to read and see what he is saying to the Leicester fans to have that confirmed.

Neither Milan nor Perrin did anything to try and keep Yakubu here, Boro had qualified for Europe and we had only just about managed to secure survival again - so you cannot blame any player really for wanting to better himself. I do however blame the short sighted issue of selling him in the first place for what was only ever going to be financial gain. We've never really recovered from that sale and our goalscoring exploits - to lack of them - is just evidence to the effect. If we are to be progressive, then Sasha and Harry ought to be on the next plane to the North East and only be coming back when they are carrying Yakubu's suitcases for his return to Fortress Fratton - he loved the fans here and he was well supported, except towards the end when you could see he just didn't want to be here - now that can only be down to Perrin.

Hurry home Aiyegbeni.
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11/06/2007 11:52:00

I will not get into the milan side of this debate TPB - until i know more about what he is saying at leicester as i would just be jumping in ranting and raving just going at what i saw like a bull at a red rag, but what i will say is when all is said and done football is a business isn't it and milan is a business man... yak is not to everyones liking is he but he knows where the goal is! he went off in search of the holly grail and has got what? a couple of seasons of european football - altho he has played champions lge in his time before hasn't he and a lge cup winners medal, so not too bad really but boro are re-gressing - if such as word exists, maybe i should have just said 'going backwards' - as opposed to progressing - and we are doing just that... the yak has also progressed as a player and would come back a better one so not a step back at all - and what is more i am certain he would come here unlike some other players, it would not be about the money either! my only worry would be the african nations - we will lose him and god only knows what he might come back with as he has picked up illnesses in the past, you cannot talk about injuries as he could get them playing club football anyway... yep i would welcome a return of the yak...
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11/06/2007 12:26:00

Sounds like a great idea to me! although he did get a little lazy when he knew he was going to leave us, but im sure he would be a great signing. Up their with Benji sounds like a pretty awsome combo! only thing is hes African! so if we loose Toddy, does that mean we have no strkers at all??? all sounds a bit dodgy!
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11/06/2007 13:12:00

Blimey, can you imagine that partnership? Benjani and the Yak - Chelski, Manure, Scousers and Gooners had better get used to being beaten regularly by us if we did bring him back!
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11/06/2007 13:34:00

yep, i too think it would be a good partnership but we would lose both for the african nations wouldn't we... TPB, do you mean it when you say that or is it being said with an eliment of sarcasum?
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11/06/2007 14:31:00

regress is a word but i digress re progress. It wasnt Boro that unsettled Yak it was Willie the crim Mckay. As you say pompeyrug the ACN is likely to take him away for 4 weeks so we need a non african striker as well. Vargas or Anelka anybody?
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11/06/2007 16:07:00

i think that is an elemental question pompeyrug
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11/06/2007 16:10:00

Re Benji, at the risk of being a little contraversial here and accepting all the running he has done i think 11 goals in 2 seasons is not good enough for someone paid as a striker. So because he has done all that running i feel if he gets off to a flyer then he will be a 15+ goals a season player. But,if he doesnt and the goal tally goes like last season 2 up to Christmas then the hard reality is the club will we need to off load him January 08. When harry says the strikers have not done enough, we must remember Benji is included.
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11/06/2007 16:18:00

but you have 'strikers' and you have 'forwards' don't you russell - benjani is most definitley a forward. altho both by their definition should be scoring goals - so with that in mind the goals he has scored are not enough... get a player alongside him that can score and i feel sure he will score too...
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11/06/2007 17:46:00

I still dont tip Benji for anymore than 10 goals really. Hope he proves me wrong! Looking at the way things are, surely we have to get a non-African striker this summer regardless??
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11/06/2007 19:32:00

Bearing in mind that The Yak is still, although not so bad as he was, a lazy git. Even when he was scoring it still niggled me but now we have the perfect answer! Benji does all the running and Yak scores all the goals. Seriously though, Benji must be the answer to The Yak's prayers. 20 ish from Yakubu and 10 ish from Benjani and there you have it - 35 ish from your strikers. I'm quite excited by this potential partnership. Hurry up Harry! I don't even care about the African Cup - we'll manage.
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11/06/2007 21:43:00

Nope, I'm deadly serious Pompeyrug. If we were to secure the likes of the Yak and have him playing up front with Benjani, with our midfield and defence being only stronger then I am certain that we can add Arsenal and Chelsea to our list of scalps from the Prem. They are the only two sides we've not beaten, I am certain such a strike force would change that.
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11/06/2007 21:46:00

thats my man TPB, get in there! you make it sound so easy Et_tu_Pompeii but i am fully behind what you say - these two could score 30 goals or thereabouts between them, all it would need would be for 'arry to find a non african footballer that can also chip in with a few hear and then with toddy - if he does stay - i think we'll be more than okay during the african nations, as lets not forget our midfield will also chip in with goals this season...
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12/06/2007 01:05:00


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