Date:Friday June 22 2007
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 order just alphabetical.
The man being 'reported' as Harry Redknapp's 'number one target' is Fredi Kanoute. We are no stranger to the lanky Mali international, nor is Redknapp.
Redknapp went to watch Kanoute's Sevilla team mate Fabiano recently but was said to be more impressed by his former West Ham player - it was Redknapp who brought the fella to England back in 2000.
Kanoute had never really been that prolific during his time in the Premiership, generally taking more than 3 games to score a goal, so not bad but not that great either.
28 goals for Sevilla in the 2006/07 season though is a more than healthy return and he has been playing very good football in Spain - which he has for most of his career to give credit where due - so could he be finding his true goalscoring touch in the latter stages of his career?
He would be a younger version of Kanu - although not much younger as he turns 30 in September - but a far more athletic and mobile alternative, with a greater goal threat too.
Kanoute has stood out during his time in Spain but as much as £8million seems a lot to pay for a fella that is almost 30 he could be the man Redknapp takes a 'gamble' on, as he knows all about him.
Reports today claim we will have to battle with Newcastle and Bolton for him, but reports earlier in the week also claimed that he 'would sign for Pompey' if we matched Sevilla's asking price.
I am a fan of his, but the money being asked seems a lot to pay for a player pushing 30? My thinking though is that Kanoute is very close to a 4 out of 5 rating on soon being a Pompey player.
Next under the microscope will be Giampaolo Pazzini.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday June 22 2007
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