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I found something that quite amused me today, something that Yakubu told Kickoff magazine - a Nigerian publication I believe?

He does the usual I want to stay at Boro, I have never said I want to leave blah, blah, blah but the thing that made me think, 'Yakubu what are you going on about,' were his thoughts that Boro could challenge for the top 4!

'I am happy at Boro and I have never said I wanted to leave.

'I have some fantastic teammates and the fans are great. Boro are one of the big clubs in England and we have the chance to challenge the top four and play in Europe every year.

'But in football, you never know, anything can happen. If a big club comes with a very big amount of money, anything is possible.'

Yakubu must class Pompey as a 'big club' now then; well he must do if he does come back!

He has to say the right things but realistically are Boro likely to be challenging for the top 4 anytime soon - not that I am saying we will either - but my own thinking is they are more likely to be battling in the bottom 4 next season.

After Thursday's 'reports' that Pompey had launched a £12million move for the Nigerian, the Daily Mail today claim Boro have turned down an £8million bid to re sign him.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 15 2007

Time: 11:07AM

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Well Pompey has changed quite a bit in 4 years but that is what money does. The Yak as with all players won't bite the hand that feeds but will jump ship if it suits him. We are niave to think any different.
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15/06/2007 11:30:00

He is right they will be in the 4 teams - but the 4 teams fighting relegation. Pompey wont be in top 4, not yet, maybe one day, but top 6 or 7 fighting Europe? Who knows, why not? anything between 7th and 14th should be our aim, but we are better and bigger than boro now, thats for sure. If we get Yak, and Newcastle have Viduka, thats Boro screwed i think. PuP
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15/06/2007 11:35:00

A top 4 team! in which division?
Johnny Kipper
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15/06/2007 11:45:00

Boro aren't even a big team in Middlesbrough, is it not their fans after all that coined the song "were just a small club in europe" - Champions league? Yaks having a laugh!
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15/06/2007 13:28:00

Boro have been on the hunt for strikers. Jermaine Aleiadierererer is one of them. Cant see Yak going to any of the top 4,so we should be in the running!
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15/06/2007 15:48:00

Anybody know if he trotted out the same 'If A Big Club Comes In For Me' toss when he was playing for Macabi Haifa? He needs a new speech writer. Having said that, I'd like to see him back, of course
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15/06/2007 16:06:00

In fairness to him though, I seem to recall he came in for a lot of flak and booing when he came to FP with Boro. He may well see that as being turned on by those he thought were his friends. Granted this happens in football and my word did Steve Claridge get more than his fair share of abuse (he took it well too!!), but some are unable to handle it quite the same way and may well hold it against the club for the remainder of their career. He may well be thinking that if he struggles to score enough, will the same mob get on his back again?
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15/06/2007 16:19:00

Midge Top 7 only if we manage some sort of away form, i predicted 7 points at the end of august most papers, pundits , sites etc dont give us 7 until the end of september, due to harry's failure yet to secure a goal scorer and Pompey's continual poor away form. I think yak was signalling that if someone pays big bucks, they are a big club and he will leave. Yak only got grief here because he had become a lazy sod, and we should remember to balance the criticism over the duration of his time, either way we havent replaced him as a goal scorer yet.
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15/06/2007 18:14:00

my thinking is if we can get 1 or maybe - or more to the point - ideally 2 strikers in that can score goals then our away form will improve, maybe not drastically as i dont want to get carried away. but with a midfield like we have, defence and keeper that we do, goalscoring strikers will take chances that will be created... sort out the away problems like russell says - and we could very well be looking at a top 7 place, agreed...
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16/06/2007 01:40:00

Yes, but TPB, Steve Claridge left under different and, for us, more desperate circumstances (his leaving was him showing off, he left us in the lurch and we were almost relegated as a result of being minus one good striker) Yak is no different to most other footballers, wanting more money more trophys more glitz more everything really! SC deserved boo's, Yak did not.
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16/06/2007 08:11:00

I see SWP is up for sale. What are the chances . . . . . . . Here's a headline from the BBC website from 10th December 2006: Portsmouth have joined the battle to sign Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. You never know, he might fancy living nearer his brother along the coast at the Scummers.
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16/06/2007 08:39:00

Et_Tu_Pompeii i dont think SWP is a goal scorer and that is what we are really shoft of. He would cost a lot of money and as somebody said, maybe it was the rabbi, we should spend on what we really need. We could probably pay for half of Nugent with the money SWP would cost. Pompeyrug i think you are right, some sort of goal threat would make a massive difference to our away form, and not conceeding in the last 8 mins or stoppage time would have been enough to get us into Europe.
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16/06/2007 10:23:00

The times has us at 7 points at the end of October as well, i really do think we are better than that. That has to be our first challenge top prove the pundits wrong.
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16/06/2007 10:25:00

has anybody heard anything from our new sooper dooper scouting system, or are they currently looking at race horses....ouch, bitchy Russ
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16/06/2007 11:00:00

russell, we have proved the 'punits' and so called 'experts' wrong before - we will prove them wrong again... i told me brother and sister i was convinced we would get 3 points from united, liverpool and arsenal at the end of last season - we got 3 points from 2 of these as we know and had we only managed to get 3 points from the last we would already be looking at a squad plus 2 strikers i would think looking forward to the uefa cup - but still only being tipped for 7 points in the opening exchanges of course :)
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16/06/2007 11:53:00

We know teams are going to find us harder to break down next year, goals are next on the agenda, I fully expect Yak to return
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16/06/2007 12:06:00

Who cares what the Times predicts, as we know one or two decent strikers and we will be tipped for Europe again. It would be great if the Yak was one of them, but we will get them as we know Harry will get what he wants. The pundits constantly say we are relegation fodder however if i supported Man City, Wigan, Derby, Fulham or Bolton i would be more than worried about the forthcoming season.
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16/06/2007 20:30:00

bloody right mate wigan, fulham and boro - even more so when they lose yakubu back to us - along with at least derby from those who came up, with quite possible city and bolton too - like you say, will be worrying much more than we will next season... i am certain that the yak will be coming back now as it looks a good bet that diarra will sign, so i would think that leaves o'neil or davis or both - as much as i would want to keep o'neil - as likely sacrifices for the yak...
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16/06/2007 21:09:00


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