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Pompey likely lads? Fredi Kanoute

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.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 22 2007

Time: 3:41PM

Your Comments

If both Kanu AND Toddy are leaving then Kanouté would be the first choice target for a leading striker. We'd still need a youthful frontman to balance the scales however and we'll need another one anyway.
Lysimachus
Top scorer in Spain? Gotta be worth a punt....and he works well with Arry.
Tantona
yep tis true Tantona, but according to 5 live tonight the bar codes are going to have a punt. I dont think our fredi will be too much of a risk, it seems mali are not expected to bother anybody at the ACoN so he should nt be gone too long. Also as Lysi says get a youngster with no fear in and it will balance. But i think i would prefer the Yak & Pazzini even if he does fight like a hand bag boy
russellm
Maybe, just maybe. Have fond memories of him with HR at WH.
storagematt
kanu maybe not much older but has the fitness of a 60 year old
retro hat
retro hat i had to quit playing football more than 10 years ago and since then have discovered a fondness for a bevvie or three, a nice curry and all kinds of other crap and never work out - apart from walking and breathing! - and i still have better fitness than kanu... kanoute would be a good signing but not sure 'arry will want to pay £8m for him?
pompeyrug
According to his agent he 'will cost' 6.7 million. A bit precise that. Maybe he's worked out what he wants from the deal and worked backwards to find the player cost. Kanoute at a lower cost - but someone else is sniffing round him I think.
Et_tu_Pompeii
knowing these greasy agents he is doing exactly that :) the price is dropping all the time isn't it mate - £6.7 is a better price, a touch more off and i dont think we would have much doubt that he would arrive for sure...
pompeyrug
aparantly he wants to stay at seville for another 2 years and never wanted to leave in the first place
retro hat
 

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