Pompey Chimes (9)
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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