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Agent claims interest in Kanoute

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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Date:Sunday June 17 2007
Time: 3:45PM


He has Prem experience and was the best player on the park in both semi-finals against spurs
17/06/2007 15:53:00
yep, I would welcome him with open arms, for the right price that is!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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...
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...
17/06/2007 19:37:00
Nah. Never rated guy.
17/06/2007 20:30:00
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