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Nugent price puts Redknapp off

Nugent price puts Redknapp off

David Nugent is a striker Harry Redknapp - and plenty of other managers I am sure - admires. But Redknapp has said in The News that the asking price is too much for Pompey to match.

'I like David Nugent. He's a good player.

'But I see Sunderland and Birmingham are in for him and they're talking about £7m or £8m.

'That's a lot of dough.'

I find myself thinking how much is too much though?

Redknapp keeps saying asking fees are 'too high' and we 'cannot match what others will offer' them in wages, but he also knows we will have to pay a pretty price to get someone that will score. We will need to pay between £5 and £10million if we want someone that will score 20 goals.

Nugent is not proven at the highest level but he has all the qualities one would think he needs to be a success.

Pompey might be right not to pay this and I would think paying money of a similar amount to this 'reported' amount could be seen as less of a gamble on Yakubu, or someone proven. The long term investment in Nugent would be worth it though - wouldn't it?

I must confess that I have been impressed with Nugent - from what I have seen - but at the same from what I have seen at the U21's lately this kind of money would be better off spent on his strike partner Leroy Lita.

The Pompey striker search goes on, but we will get there.


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Date:Tuesday June 19 2007
Time: 3:58PM


Yeah, Harry does drip on and on about prices BUT, according to the news, he seems to be contemplating 'breaking our transfer record' to land Kanoute which means 8 million plus. Kanoute's really old and like we've said, had a poor last season in the prem. A similar price for Nugent doesn't seem too high under the circs.
19/06/2007 16:04:00
sorry for the offence caused at the publishing of my previous article - as requested it has been 'deleted'...
19/06/2007 16:04:00
i think £5million is a lot for unproven strikers. If they are in clubs leaving the Prem, as in relegated, thats fine, as weve seen them all play at the highest level, and seen if they can cut it. Kamara is awesome in the championship, but wasnt that good for us or Baggies in the prem, so its a big gamble. I would have thought 3.5 was realistic.
19/06/2007 16:15:00
damn Pompeyrug apologises and i miss the article... I covered this before about Harry getting real with the market. We are not going to get two double figure strikers for the fees that were around last year. The world knows about the sky money and the whole league is looking for strikers... it is what we call a sellers market. unless you are looking for old people who will fade after 4 months..... time to get out of the £1 shop Harry and go to Lidle. wow that was bitchy
19/06/2007 16:41:00
my thinking is i would rather pay £6 or £7m for nugent than paying something similar for kanoute. nugent could be a gamble but could be a great long term gamble tho... but how much is too much? we paid £7m for muntari we will have to pay something of a similar nature for a 20+ goalscorer wont we...
19/06/2007 16:43:00
nah Et_tu he was planning to break the record for strikers, 3 tins of beans one of which is out of date.....
19/06/2007 16:43:00
i am not the sort of fella that likes causing offence to others - when i accidently do i take it personally and feel bad... i was only trying to inject more character into the site by sharing some of my own person experiences to give vital pompey more of a 'personal' touch rather than a site that only ever reproduces things - albeit in a different style so we can at least talk about them - we already know about... i can more than understand why a part of the topic in question may have offended an individual but i had no idea of the circumstances for this person on that particular day, had i known i would never have mentioned it, hence stirring up bad memories for them...
19/06/2007 16:52:00
well you deleated it and most of us don't know what it was and you apologised anyway, so time to move on
19/06/2007 16:57:00
and in that vein Pompeyrug, you say nugent has not proven at the highest level, hasnt he scored 2 goals in a couple of games for his country, thats a reasonably high level.
19/06/2007 17:00:00
i personaly would rather see pazzini sign, given how he tore apart an english defence in the U21 game, and he would be more of a risk...which i guess just seems more exciting...although his asking price is also a little too high as well... andis 3 tins of beans a little to much to pay for a striker? i think they should settle for 2
19/06/2007 17:03:00
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