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Return of the Yak, at a cost

The Northern Echo are making claims that Pompey are to seriously test the 'resolve' of Boro for Yakubu with a player plus cash offering. A combined package of £12million; £10million cash plus Gary O'Neil - making his value a mere £2million, okay then! - said to be in the offering.

Whilst I could believe that Pompey would offer cash plus a player for Yakubu - and O'Neil is a long term target of Boro's - suggestions that O'Neil is only valued at £2million are crazy, double that and it is still not enough for the former England U21 captain.

The same paper made claims that Pompey had already turned down a £6million offer for O'Neil this summer with Boro being prepared to pay £4million, hmm interesting how these sums work!

My own thinking would be the player actually being offered in any such deal - if this is not another media fabrication - would be Sean Davis, valued at far closer to £2million than O'Neil, he is also a player Boro have courted this summer.

In summary a return to Pompey for Yakubu is something that I would not write off at all, nor would I a cash plus player or even players deal, but I would be amazed if O'Neil would be one such player allowed to leave - he should never be allowed to leave.

Why would Harry Redknapp let a bright young English talent - who is after all our stand in captain - leave?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 14 2007

Time: 10:02AM

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sean yes Gary no
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14/06/2007 10:15:00

I'd let Davis go for 2.5m but not O'Neil at any price under 10m. I'm not certain that Yak has improved his value since moving to Boro? Why not give them Davis and 5m? If we have 10m to spend on strikers I think we'd do better to splash a lot of it (6-8m)on a younger English player like Nugent, offload kanu for 500k to Ajax, and also look at signing someone like Fowler who can show Nugent the ropes in the top flight.
The Rabbi
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14/06/2007 10:28:00

Personally, I think it would be a good deal. I rate GON highly but I often feel he is too lightweight and easily forced off the ball. He is young and at the moment he can command a good price; we have him on contract for two more years, so why not take the opportunity to bring a goalscorer to Fratton who we all know will certainly score (we should never have let him go in the first place!)?

In my opinion, bringing the Yak back in part exchange for GON would be a good deal and we'd not miss GON as much as we would miss Davis who although is not a flair player, he does break down attacks and alongside Mendes will always give us greater options.
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14/06/2007 10:44:00

Crazy, Gary O cannot be part of any deal, for me Pompey should offer 5m cash, Sean Davis (3M) and write off the 2.5M they still owe us for him. 10.5M is a reasonable figure for the Yak.
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14/06/2007 11:01:00

They owe us another 2.5m for Yak, and this deal would include writing that off, meaning it's really 14.5m, rating GON at 4.5m. The Rabbi, he ain't worth 10m. He's not that young anymore, in footballing terms so the 'potential' people pay all that money for should be realised already, and is probably worth about 5m. The deal looks good to me.
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14/06/2007 11:04:00

i would rather see davis go over o'neil, altho i do like the pair of them... i will never forget the day i saw o'neil make his debut for the club he was like a matchstick man! he has built himself up a little, but not a lot. the pre season for the season after we had a game against exeter -i think - and i told a friend, not a pompey fan but he went, that he would be one for the future, he never forgot this and during our 2005/06 survival season he text me on new years ever to remind me of my words after his brother had watched us earlier that day and o'neil shone... i do feel yak has improved and would like him back but not if it cost us o'neil. he would not be worth 10m, but is certainly worth at least 5m...
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14/06/2007 12:20:00

O'neal needs to stay, might not have had the best season last year, but still he is not worth off loading for Yak, all of this talk of "the return of the Yak" just smacks of desperation and desperation makes people do strange things, although Yak coming back so that Kanu can sit on the bench all season may be worth it...........
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14/06/2007 13:30:00

we have no need to be desperate just yet tho do we - we still have plenty of time to sign players... do you really think getting yak back would be a desperate one Sachas_Brother?
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14/06/2007 15:11:00

At best I'd swap GON for the Yak but never as a bit sale. Rather keep Gary & find another striker.
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14/06/2007 15:35:00

good point storagematt, yak has improved to the extent where if we paid 10m i would be 'okay' with this, but much more for a player we sold for 7.5m a few years back would be too much wouldn't it... altho if he came back and got the goals we know he could then i am sure i could live with pompey paying more...
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14/06/2007 15:48:00

Don't even want Yakubu,
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14/06/2007 17:00:00

Can't agree with TPB I'd have O'neil any day before Davis, the main problem that GON has had to contend with is HR insistence on playing him on the right rather than in the middle where he's ten times the player Davis is.
Steve C
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14/06/2007 17:19:00

"return of the yak"....nice sachas bro!! :) I agree with the majority, davis, as much as he amuses me what with that dive last season, I see his game to close to Hughes to need both players, but seriously...isnt this African strikers business a little stupid???? If Toddy dosnt sign we got NO strikers over the African nations period....what the hell we gonna do??we do need a good striker, & to be fair if we could get someone who really could put up the numbers, I would reluctantly aprt with O'neil! contiversial!!!! the fact of the matter is, I feel we could loose him & still have a reasonable midfield, but we really REALLY need a top class striker to get to that next level!. If thats what we have to do to get more goals, then I believe we gotta do it!
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14/06/2007 18:51:00

Nugent & yak would be nice, get rid Kanu, maybe Toddy to
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14/06/2007 18:55:00

No Pompeyrug, I didnt mean it literally, I would have no qualms about Yak coming back, but I just mean it sounds a bit desperate that we go back for an old player just as it seems like we have no more options yet, desperation? clutching at straws? a chance to get a decent striker? Harry knows something..........
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15/06/2007 13:22:00

Im liking the sound of Nuggent more & more these days, do your recon the Hammers want to hold onto ashton after lookin to get Bent??
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15/06/2007 19:07:00

nugent and ashton are very similar type of players aren't they CharlieChimes, so either would do me, but with ashton having just been out for the season and nugent that little bit younger - and myabe hungrier - i would just go for him... altho i would not turn my nose up at ashton at all...
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16/06/2007 01:26:00


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