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Monday was a busy day for Pompey and the Tabloids - with a lot of column inches taken up by the club.

The People claimed that West Brom defender Curtis Davies has told the club 'he wants out' after their failure to secure promotion to the Premiership. Just 12 months ago clubs were reported to be willing to pay £10million - now claims are Spurs, City and Pompey are ready to launch £5million bids. Certainly a long term prospect but do we really need him?

The Daily Mail said that Pompey target Henri Camara is ready to return to French football after telling Wigan he wants a move, with Lyon and Paris St Germain heading the queue - this will disappoint Harry Redknapp who is a long term admirer of the Senegalese international striker, I would not mind so much if we missed out.

Scottish international Garry O'Connor was linked with a move back to the United Kingdom with Pompey said to be chasing the striker along with Everton and Fulham - this was covered in full on Vital Pompey in this article Pompey linked with Scottish striker.

Harry Redknapp told The News that he has heard nothing in relation to a potential Benjani move to Marseille - Marseille interest news to Redknapp, with Redknapp also telling The News that Pompey will not backtrack in their decision of the contract terms offered to Kanu - Pompey tell Kanu 'we won't budge'. Finally he also told The News there will be no Pompey movement to attempt to sign Lee Cook and/or Freddie Ljungberg - Cook/Ljungberg no goes for Pompey. All three of the previously mentioned subjects were also covered in full on Vital Pompey.

But the thing that really caught my eye though was the news that former Pompey boss Alain Perrin's first task as new manager of French champions Lyon could be to stave off interest from Pompey for their French international midfielder Alou Diarra.

25-year old Diarra is said 'to have become disillusioned at Lyon' since former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier left the club to be replaced by Perrin. Pompey have been reportedly 'after' Diarra for a while and are said to have had a £4.4million bid turned down but some reports say we will now offer £5million, with others saying £5.8million - Werder Bremen and Juventus are also said to be interested.

Redknapp says he is not after anymore midfielders but strikers yet we are being linked with another big money move for a player who is just that - a midfielder, you have got to love the silly season haven't you!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 12 2007

Time: 9:21AM

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I agree, do we really need any more midfielders. We need goals, so strikers are a must.
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12/06/2007 09:44:00

should sign nugent and yak
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12/06/2007 10:11:00

Buying Curtis Davis would push out Dejan and seriously upset Linvoy so not a great idea this year. I'll be really pleased to see Camera go to France - might stop HR considering buying him as he is second rate. Diarra would be a amazing adition to the midfield but at some expense - Goodbye to Sean Davis and Richard Hughes for a start but would the remaining excellent bunch of players be happy to fight for starting berths?
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12/06/2007 10:22:00

I don't mind us picking up more midfielders as long as they're a definite improvement on current personnel - Diarra would seem to fall into that category and would be a good signing. Camara isn't that bad and I wouldn't be too upset to see him arrive as he certainly has the ability to score goals, but that's another player destined for the ANC along with Traore/Lua/Kanu/Muntari which can't be a good thing. Curtis Davis? No thanks, he certainly wouldn't be guaranteed a first team place and you don't want to pay out loads for a bench warmer (albeit one with great potential).
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12/06/2007 11:08:00

Good to see Perrin is doing well across the channel. He seemed like the sort of guy you could introduce to your parents. I wouldn't even answer the door to Jamie Redknapp
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12/06/2007 14:29:00

I would certainly answer the door to Louise Redknapp though.
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12/06/2007 16:49:00

Yes, the time wasn't right for Reggie at Pompey, was it? But he always seemed like a nice guy, intelligent and polite with that hint of French passion. Ah well, we're doing ok with the present incumbent.
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12/06/2007 16:50:00

yep perrin did well in france before he came here - and he has done well since going back, no doubt he will do well in the future also, good luck to the fella... i would definitely open the door to louise redknapp but i couldn't swear i would open it again to ever let her out!
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12/06/2007 17:32:00

Bit worried with all the new links, if another midfielder comes in, it would be bye to davis, hughes and maybe even Taylor and O'neil, and goodbye to a large british contingent, which i feel is essential to Pompey
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12/06/2007 21:44:00

paultsmouth, i dont think we would miss either davis or hughes if the linked players come in. I agree Et_Tu_Pompeii, Perrin wasnt so bad, in the premiership he would never have the time to learn. he also tried to break the drinking culture which was bound to be devisive.
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12/06/2007 23:03:00

matty taylor and o'neill will not be going anywhere paultsmouth - even if diarra did arrive... i do like davis and would happily keep him but if he is not going to play much i do not think he will be wanting to stay. hughes could be different as i do not think he will be expecting to start too often, but he knows that we know he will do a job when called upon - i thought he was probably our best player for the last 5 or 6 games of the season on the whole...
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12/06/2007 23:29:00

you may be right pompeyrug, and to me that says something about the way our season finished.
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13/06/2007 19:23:00

Lets be honest Perrin was awful, what was 3-3-3-1?We are poor away from home at the best of times but under him complete rubbish. He might be a good coach, but he is no manager or motivator of players, he would have taken us down, and i think he knew that, and certainly we all did. I hope his fortunes change as he appears to be a nice man, but they do not always make good managers.
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13/06/2007 21:44:00

his fortunes changed when he came here mate as he had had success all the time in france... it has changed again since he left as he is having success... perrin was not right for pompey - at the time - and poor signings and wrong decisions in letting others go did not help him, altho neither did some of his own players! like i say he was not right for pompey but he is a good manager, another time and he may well have been very good here...
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13/06/2007 23:19:00

perrin had pleat to teach him the ways of english football
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