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Agent claims interest in Kanoute

The agent for Fredi Kanoute - Christophe Mongai - has made claims in the News of the World that a move back to the Premiership could be on the cards for the Sevilla striker.

'It's true Newcastle are interested, but so are Portsmouth.

'There's no concrete offer yet, but Fredi is interested.'

Kanoute is a player that Harry Redknapp knows very well from his time with West Ham and is reported to have 'caught the eye' of Redknapp on a recent 'spying mission' in Spain - when the Pompey boss had gone to watch Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano.

The Mali international has scored more than 20 goals this season, helping the club to a second successive Uefa Cup win.

A major draw back is the fact that he could - although I am not aware of how well Mali are currently going in qualification - be another player that might head off for the African Nations early in 2008?

We all know what Kanoute is capable of - as we have seen him with West Ham and Spurs - and my thinking is he would be a younger version of Kanu but with - most importantly - a far greater goal threat and is much more athletic.

The £8million price tag puts me off slightly though, after all the fella is 29-years old, turning 30 in September. But is he better than what we currently have - I would not hesitate that much in actually saying yes he is.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 17 2007

Time: 3:45PM

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He has Prem experience and was the best player on the park in both semi-finals against spurs
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17/06/2007 15:53:00

yep, I would welcome him with open arms, for the right price that is!
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17/06/2007 15:57:00

experience, quality and most importantly a goal threat - with the added bonus that he would want to play for 'arry! is £8m the right price do you think CharlieChimes?
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17/06/2007 16:07:00

Yep he was great in the Uefa and we can watch him tonight for Sevilla on hi lites of spanish football. £8m seems quite expensive in one way as we could probably get both Pazzini and Eastwood for about £8.5-9m (excl agents cuts of course). The flip side is if Kanoute can fill that scoring gap and can get us to Europe and passed a few rounds then his revenue for the club becomes circa £30M. I think we will soon see if our real transfer budget is £25M as mooted in the broad sheets and what percentage is allocated for wages.
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17/06/2007 17:21:00

not sure, pompeyrug. Will he score 20 odd in the prem? does anyone know how many he scored in his last prem season? I would like to see him for £7 mill.
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17/06/2007 17:25:00

To leave a top Spanish club with guaranteed Euro footie takes some doing. Love to have him on board.
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17/06/2007 17:49:00

Well I know I'd swap paella for bacon, sausage, egg and chips any day!

Bit worried about the agent though in light of recent issues over Sam Allardyce and Harry - seems a bit odd that both these guys (who in my opinion are probably the most likable pair in the Prem) are once again linked with the same player. I've got no thoughts on that whatsoever, but you can bet your life's savings that the BBC and that jugeared, crisp crunching, adulterer Lineaker will be rubbing his hands with glee!
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17/06/2007 18:22:00

CharlieChimes, in his last season with spurs he scored 9 in 46. then tracking back on years before that from last to first in england his scored 16 in 36, 5 in 17, 12 in 28, 14 in 39 and 2 in 8... i make that 58 in 174 games so 1 in 3 - on that basis we could be looking at around 12-15 league and cup goals i would think...
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17/06/2007 19:32:00

Sevilla are looking like playing CL football aren't they? to leave them he is not overly settled in france, misses the premiership bad, is not getting on with people at the club or thinks pompey or newcastle are going in the right direciton for him - or a combination of all... either that or a dodgy agent with one hand in 'arry and the fat controllers back pocket is after a slice of the pie :) i am only having a laugh fellas, i do not seriously mean this...
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17/06/2007 19:37:00

Nah. Never rated guy.
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17/06/2007 20:30:00

I would rather have the Yak and one other, say, Coloutti, Nugent, Fabiano, Pazzini, Utaka et al. Kanouti has had his best moments in the Prem and despite a late flourish abroad, is looking for a last big cash payday befor retiring to that condominium in Mali. Nope, not for me, I'm afraid.
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17/06/2007 20:31:00

£8m for less that 20, maybe even 15 goals for a player pushing 30 doesn't sound as good a deal as it did before i looked into his goalscoring record more... add a couple of mill - if needed - and we could get either yak or defoe i reckon or even nugent. speaking of nugent tho i've been more impressed with lita for england at the u21's than i have him...
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17/06/2007 20:46:00

I don't think Kanouté would get 15 goals a season in English football. You can't just ignore the differences between the La Liga and the Premiership.
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17/06/2007 21:04:00

nope Lysi you are right, whilst the Primera is not so exciting it is technicaly superior, defenses are stronger and english teams traditionally do not do well against spanish teams. I think kanoute would be good for 15 plus but i agree we would need another signing.
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17/06/2007 21:09:00

Pompeyrug well done for picking up on the agent thing, I agree with you about Lita he is looking good but reading have him tied up and who would blame them
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17/06/2007 21:10:00

champions league football, and spanish title contendors, or a premiership team making massive leaps and bounds in the right direction - I know what I would go for...(but then, I am biased...) Lita was impressive at Reading, and is still young, but theres no chance of getting him, and I wasnt sure that Nugent deserved all the hype.Looking abroad for strikers would seem a better option at the moment, but we will probably have to look further than a Spanish top 4 side.
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17/06/2007 21:48:00

I agree to a point with you Pompeycarpet (Rug's going to be pleased he's got a relative on the site!!), but do we really need yet another foreign player in our squad? I'm all for bringing in talent from across the seas, but there has to come a point when we are going to shoot ourselves in the foot by having a very poor British contingent.

Arsenal as we all know had often fielded a side that was bereft of British players and if my memory serves me well they fielded a side two weeks running where there was not a single British player in their 15 man squad. Surely we don't want to go down that road?
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18/06/2007 08:55:00

My concern isn't just for Pompey, but for our national game overall. How we are supposed to have a chance of ever competing at a top level when we have so few English players playing top club football is beyond me (though it would help if we didn't have that joke of a coach McClown); this is not just down to Pompey but it is down every other club in the Premiership, we are shutting out our grass roots by bringing far too many foreign players into the British - and more specifically - English game.

This is I hasten to add not a racist issue but one of our inability to be able to provide a basis for young English born players to come through.
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18/06/2007 08:59:00

i was very pleased to see pompeycarpet join the vital pompey ranks TruePompeyBlue - and what makes it more pleasing, the name is in a slight homage to me also :) very good point mate, pompey are not one of these teams that can take the 'all' or mainly 'all' european/world stars squad route, it just would not work here... it just because we would not want to lose our identity but also for the reason if things went belly up, where would we be left when they all jumped ship? i am not saying british talent would not do this, but i would think they would be more likely to hang around for a while longer while things are sorted out - or at least attempted to be sorted out... i also more than understand your point on the affects to the british and english games full stop mate...
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18/06/2007 09:30:00

We have a new accadamy to turn out new English stars for the future, however with all the clubs wanting to "go british", the price of english playors is way out of proportion. Villa baught Ashley yong for 10 million - far too much, and Everton claim Andy Johnson is worth 18 million. neither playor would get anywhere near that much if they wernt English, so I'm not saying stop looking at English playors, more just be careful not to rip ourselves off. Waiting for our academy to produce english talent would be by far the better option, whilst foreign playors can be a short term solution until the talent comes through.
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18/06/2007 10:19:00

With the Sky money sloshing around UK teams are going to pay over the odds for anybody average or above. However in Italy where footy is suffering a cash shortage there will be players like Pazzini available, whicj is why i was a bit surpirsed Harry dismissed that market..... or did he. Anyway according to 5 live Kanu kant and he is probably on his way. Is it a Kan..outy for a Kanoute
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18/06/2007 16:17:00

ah ha clever play on words...
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18/06/2007 17:15:00


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