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Davis not wanted as 'bait' for Yak

Earlier reports from today were suggesting Pompey had offered Boro a 'cash plus player' deal for Yakubu. This player was said to be Gary O'Neil, although it is also thought it could have been Sean Davis?

Either way The News is reporting that Boro are not interested in signing Davis, this is despite plenty of talk that they did - but what the papers say and what is actually true are not often one in the same are they!

One or more strikers still - as we keep saying - remain Harry Redknapp's priority with Jermain Defoe and Yakubu top of the list of players Redknapp would 'love to have at Fratton Park'.

Some reports today suggest that Defoe will be sold if he does not sign the new 3-year deal offered to him by Spurs, but it would take £12million to sign him - but him he has already 'ruled out' a move to Pompey.

As always I say remain patient 'arry will get his man, or men. We still have plenty of time to go before the season starts - and indeed the transfer window closes - so there will be plenty more column inches taken up with rumoured targets before we finally get our man or men!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 14 2007

Time: 2:59PM

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Another report suggest Boro still owe us 2,5m & we are prepared to waive that & pay them 12m, a staggering 14.5m Can't believe that.
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14/06/2007 15:33:00

yakubu has improved as a player - but never to the extent that he is worth 14.5m is he storagematt as you say... you pay money for goals but would it be worth paying almost 750,000 per goal - which is what we would do if he managed to get 20 - on the other hand 20 goals at that amount each could be worth 30m at the end of the season if we made the uefa cup! so a large profit would still be made - but its a gamble, even tho we know what we will get from yak... altho, unless we go down the usual route it is most likely that we will have to pay this kind of money for a striker anyway, but would defoe at around 10million be a better option? hmm, one to ponder...
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14/06/2007 15:44:00

storagematt my mate in media street says that the payment hangover is why reporters really think that the yak will come back, also they say the the Yak new well the gaydamak's whilst he played in Isreal. Pompeyrug according to the london rags it seems spurs are offereing JD a contract extension. If he signs then his cost will go up.
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14/06/2007 18:48:00

my mate said speculation based on similar deals is a player, payment waiver and 9.5M. But he says it is speculation so no one is confirming
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14/06/2007 18:51:00

Plus Defoe would be around during the African Nations!
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14/06/2007 18:53:00

How about Smith? he sounds unsettled, hes young, got great drive on the pitch & I think he has a lot more scoring potential compaired to what hes done at ManU??
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14/06/2007 19:15:00

nugent just scored for u21s....
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14/06/2007 21:05:00

for me the issue with smith is he was employed as a striker by manU and leeds before that. he didnt score many with the mancs and ok he was injury plagued but he didnt score much many at leeds either. So for me he would be a player who is at risk of injury and wont be any more prolific than what we have. i think the money could be better spent elsewhere. as paultsmouth has pointed out, Nugent seems to be able to put them away against any team of any standard.
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14/06/2007 22:18:00

but if defoe does not sign this new contract reports say he will be sold anyway - if he signs it he will definitely go nowhere... nugent is another fella that we could get here if we wanted, i would think 7m tops could get him here... smith is a no go for me do not really rate the fella and know he would not score the goals we want...
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15/06/2007 01:04:00

One of yesterday's papers linked Pompey with Nugent which is encouraging so perm any 2 (3 would be better) from Utaka, Nugent, Yakubu, Coloutti, Cook, O'Conner, Eastlake and Defoe.
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15/06/2007 08:57:00

i would like nugent, yakubu and defoe - but not too likely is it tho as that would cost near on 30m... just 2 names i would go nugent and - sorry yak - defoe... so long as one 'star' striker arrived eastwood could make a good squad player - he will score goals, will not be demanding a start all the time and what's more he's british so we would not lose him to the african nations...
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15/06/2007 10:16:00

After yak's recent comments you maybe right but there is this perceived thought that if you play for pompey, you dont play for england and as i think Mcclown will qualify i feel that would affect Defoe's decision. My mate says that the whole Defoe supposition is based on the players loyalty to Harry thing, but we know that most players dont have any loyalty ( i exclude Dejan, Gary O & Taylor from that comment).
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16/06/2007 10:51:00

this perceived thought that you dont play for england if you play for pompey - altho something to a degree i understand - i am becoming more and more against thinking this is actually true! lets look at facts how many players have we had over the years that have been honestly good enough to play for england? not too many... when we were in the lower divisions we would never get any of our players play for england would we - and if they were good enough the went... spineless steve made up his mind on jamo and sol when he took over, so i think even if they had not signed for pompey last summer they would have still missed out - i have always understood the sol oversight, but not the jamo one tho... if matty taylor keeps banging the goals in and put together a consistent run of form - consistent being the key word - then he will get a chance next season, he only missed the b game because of returning from injury after all... same goes for o'neil, if he gets back to his very best week in week out he will also get a chance - spineless is a big fan of his anyway isn't he! so my thinking is the same more than goes for defoe, he will not slip out of the england thinking just for playing for pompey - if anything playing week in week out and scoring goals will help his chances... on the issue of loyalty, it is not something that is very common at all in football these days is it mate...
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16/06/2007 11:42:00

Harry offer them 8 million and if they say no walk away. As good as he is we do not want to get involved in long protracted negotiations for him. He knows he wants to come back, you only have to look at the comments he has made. I was working in Stckton last week and the locals dont rate him !! How bad is that, they want fresh blood in and the Yak to go, and i think that he knows this, come home Yak and you know we will give you back your cult status
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