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Pompey likely lads? Jermain Defoe

Pompey are being 'linked' with strikers all over the shop, so we are taking a look at the ones most 'strongly linked' - or so we are being told most strongly linked - in turn. They are not in a preferential just alphabetical.

Jermain Defoe is a player that needs not real introduction or explanation is he really.

Controversy and talk of an attitude problem and party boy lifestyle seems to follow him around though - the first such occasion when Harry Redknapp was manager at West Ham and he signed him from Charlton in 1999.

Redknapp often loaned talented youngsters out when he was at West Ham and he was no different. He sent him to one of his favoured clubs to loan players, Bournemouth, where he broke the league scoring record of 10 goals in 10 games.

A transfer request handed into West Ham just a day after their relegation is another instance - this did not go down to well! He withdrew this but was later sold to Spurs.

With Spurs looking at Darren Bent the common thought is if they sign him Defoe will leave Spurs - but only he and Spurs know this really.

£7-10million would be needed for the 24-year old who knows where the goal is with an average of around 1 goal in every 3 games - so this is a lot of money for Pompey to pay but something that would need paying.

Two sets of fans - West Ham and Spurs - sometimes have mixed views on him, so my thinking is not both could be wrong? He is said to be 'lazy' and can 'hide when the going gets tough', but we would sign him for goal and goals are what Defoe should get.

The 'Redknapp factor' could play a major role in his destination - if he leaves Spurs - but would Pompey be a big enough fish for him? With none of the top 4 looking like making a move for him if he went then we would have more than a chance.

As it is not even confirmed that he will leave Spurs - and may well not be even if Bent does sign for them - links for the best part of a year leave me hopeful we might yet sign him, so my thinking is a 3 out of 5 rating this could happen.

Next under the microscope will be Luis Fabiano.


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Date:Friday June 22 2007

Time: 3:07PM

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The Rabbi
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22/06/2007 16:03:00

Bit of Argentine shoulder anyone?
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22/06/2007 16:11:00

Hah, look at this piece of triva from Defoe's Wiki article 'He has built a 3m home in Hertfordshire and is currently living there.' No ***** Sherlock, living there is he?
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22/06/2007 16:14:00

boring... Rabbi, i am glad my work was appreciated :)
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22/06/2007 16:15:00

Defoe arriving would be excellent but I'm not really sure about him or his effort. Maybe Sol would give him a good smacking if he didn't pull his weight.
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22/06/2007 18:00:00

not sure if he is my number two behind YAK or number three choice behind anybody else available (excl harewood)
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22/06/2007 19:31:00

My 1st choice, would be great with Benji but will only happen in my dream team.
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22/06/2007 20:04:00

pretty much anyone would be an improvement on what we have - i think we would take any 2 of the 5 that could be on offer wouldn't we? altho some combinations would work better than others... whoever we get i am really looking forward to seeing playing alongside benjani - he is a great footballer, okay great may be too strong but he is worth his weight in gold... a goalscorer will bring goals out of him too...
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23/06/2007 00:28:00

Defoe's not coming it's an urban myth these links are nonsense he's not like the other surprise buys he won't be here next season but in case he is I'll start work on me new T shirt 'Germolene Defoe soothes Pompey's painful problems up front'.
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23/06/2007 11:10:00

lol jkas asif defoe goin go 2 u twa ts hes spurs thru n thru trust meh i no him!!!
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24/06/2007 12:28:00

I doubt Defoe will actually leave Spurs. I think he loves playing for us, and when he is on form hes a great player. Hope he rises to the challenge, in fact i hope all the strikers do. then we will have quite a strike force.
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