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Pompey deny striker interest

Harry Redknapp has told The News that reports linking Pompey with Osasuna striker Pierre Webo and Lokomotiv Moscow striker Garry O`Connor are not true.

'It's rubbish. I'm not after either of them.

'It's tough finding strikers - I'm not making too much progress. As I've said before, it's difficult to compete.'

As usual you would not expect Redknapp to admit it even if he were after them. However he did go to Spain to watch a game at the weekend - which has probably brought about the links with Cameroon international Webo - but he is not giving away any information on any players who may have been spotted.

'There were a lot of good players on show. It was a good game to watch, but I don't know if anything will come of it. I just wanted to watch a match.'

One man that continues to be linked with Pompey is Rennes and Nigerian striker John Utaka - but it is firmly believed that Pompey are unlikely to sign any other players taking part in the African Nations - so would this rule out Yakubu for sure then? Nope, he would be the exception to the rule I am sure.


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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 12 2007

Time: 5:25PM

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I'm sure Harry will come good for us but we do need at least 2 strikers. Out of those linked that might be interested I'd list Yakubu, Diomansy Kamara, as players who I think would fit in.
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12/06/2007 18:26:00

Someone is living very much in the past.
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12/06/2007 18:28:00

Kamara? I'm not sure I would be keen on getting him back in! He couldnt finish at all for us last time round. Great skill with the ball & obviousley he is very afective in the championship, but people are talking about 4 - 5 mil for him! just goes to show Harrys right, the market for a striker has gone nuts!
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12/06/2007 18:36:00

We're not crawling back to our old players. Yakubu and Kamara won't return.
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12/06/2007 19:21:00

I agree with CharlieChimes, the prices being banded about for Kamara are comical to say the least. Not only that, I'm not convinced he'd bang in a hatful in the Prem anyway. Yak would cost a few bob, but at least he'd get the goals.....losing him to the African Nations Cup would definitely be a bad point though...
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12/06/2007 19:30:00

Agreed Tantona JKamara wasnt that prolific for the Baggies either. Having slated O'Conner i thought i had best check him out a bit and it seems he is quite good, so why are we ruling him out. Unless harry has two targets in mind and doesnt want the club deflected
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12/06/2007 23:11:00

kamara is not the man we are looking for, yak would be a different ball game! i had been unsure for a long while about having him back but we know what we will get from him - goals - and that is what we need... 'arry would not admit it even if o'connor was a target would he russell? we will get the players eventually, we just need to be patient - as always - and see what sasha and 'arry bring us...
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12/06/2007 23:37:00

IS Roberto Colautti the man we are looking for? BBC gossip are reporting HR's interest in this guy - sounds good on an initial search of the net.
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13/06/2007 08:15:00

some good goals on Youtube - looks quick and sharp
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13/06/2007 08:38:00

i will have to look him up more mate but an argentine born player - by birth - cant be too shabby? israeli international now isn't he and plays for the yaks old team maccabi... at 25 he may be a bit too young for 'arry tho :)
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13/06/2007 09:37:00

I'll get some info on him from my contacts.
The Rabbi
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13/06/2007 09:57:00

Roberto Damián Colautti (Hebrew: רוברטו קולאוטי; born May 24, 1982 in Córdoba, Argentina) is an Argentinian-Israeli football striker who joined Maccabi Haifa from Boca Juniors. In his first season with Maccabi he was top scorer in Ligat ha'Al (Premier League) with 19 goals. Colautti has all the features of an outstanding striker – he is quick, has a "golden head," and is a talented scorer. In March 2006, Colautti married his Israeli girlfriend, Elvit Strauss (the sister of Sagi Strauss), allowing him to receive Israeli citizenship and to play for the Israel national football team. He currently holds two passports (Argentinian and Italian, as he is of Italian ancestry, most probably Friulian) and one provisional passport (Israeli). On September 2, 2006 Colautti made his debut on the Israel national football team, having received clearance from FIFA only two days before the match. His debut was a huge success for the Israelis as they edged their Estonian counterparts 1-0 in Tallinn, Estonia, with a goal by Colautti himself. In the First round of the 2006-07 UEFA Cup, Roberto Colautti scored Maccabi Haifa's third goal against Litex Lovech, making a 4-2 aggregate advantage in the 67th minute. After drawing 1-1 at home, Maccabi Haifa turned out to beat Litex 3-1 in Lovech, Bulgaria. Then, in the group stage, Colautti secured a 3-1 victory over the French side AJ Auxerre at home, scoring Maccabi Haifa's 3rd goal in the 58th minute, with Colautti rounding the Auxerre goalkeeper Fabien Cool, before slotting the ball home from a tight angle. Arguably Colautti's and Maccabi Haifa's most important goal, however, was his equalizer against AS Livorno Calcio in Livorno, Italy. In the second half, deep into injury time, in the 90+3rd minute, he dispatched Gustavo Boccoli's cross with a close-range header to deny Livorno a win, ending the match with a result of 1-1. The goal in the second leg of the Round of 32 encounter with PFC CSKA Moskva, in the 14th minute, proved to be the winning goal, with Maccabi Haifa having drawn the first leg in Vladikavkaz, Russia, 0-0. Colautti's goal sent Maccabi Haifa through against CSKA, the team that had won the UEFA Cup only two years previously and had almost progressed through the UEFA Champions League Group Stage, bowing out only to Arsenal FC and FC Porto. So Maccabi Haifa went on, facing RCD Espanyol, who had coincidentally beaten AS Livorno Calcio. If Livorno had won, Maccabi Haifa would have faced Livorno, with the two teams meeting for a second time.
The Rabbi
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13/06/2007 10:01:00

Lets sign him.
The Rabbi
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13/06/2007 10:02:00

The last Maccabi haifa striker we signed did alright. where's the synagogue in pompey?
The Rabbi
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13/06/2007 10:03:00

yep a certain yak did do well - i see your 'source' is also a certain wikipedia The Rabbi...
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13/06/2007 13:33:00

A quick google search threw this up on wikipedia indeed. Why don't we try to get Juan Riquelme?
The Rabbi
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13/06/2007 13:49:00

I'd sign him this afternoon - not that we're desperate or anything . . .
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13/06/2007 14:15:00


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