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Friday was on the whole yet another very quiet day for Pompey and the media. Could this mean a signing or two are getting closer - this can often be the case when things settle down! Or is this just hopeful or wishful thinking?

The Mirror claimed that our attempts to sign Alou Diarra from Lyon could be 'hijacked' by Bordeaux? Reports coming out of France say that Laurent Blanc - Bordeaux's manager - is ready to bid close to £6million for the French international.

Marlon Harewood is still being 'linked' with a potential move to Pompey. Birmingham have had a bid rejected but his agent - Mick Maguire - made claims to skysports.com that Pompey, along with others are 'keeping tabs' on the striker who has been told he can leave West Ham. This was covered in full on Vital Pompey in this article Is Harewood the Pompey solution?

Fredi Kanoute's agent Christophe Mongai was yet again talking to the media, this time he told BBC sport - in confirming that he wants to leave Sevilla - that he has had 'interest from the three Premiership clubs' but no firms bids have been made yet. Pompey, Bolton and Newcastle are in the hunt, with a fee a low as £6.7million now said to be the amount needed - so it is dropping!

The thing that really caught my eye though were David James' thoughts in The News - when he said his team mates cannot let complacency set in to the Pompey ranks.

'Whatever happens in one season I'm afraid it starts from scratch the following season and you have to try to improve.

'Other teams are going to improve. You can't let yourself go backwards because they are going to pass you by.

'There's definitely no room for complacency.

'I've been party to it and seen it happen the following year when it has been disastrous.

'It's about not letting you slip into a routine.

'If the morals you set yourself for one campaign are not followed through the next, it almost becomes too easy and that's where the problems begin'.

James speaks from experience having endured a successful 7th place finish with West Ham - and relegation the next, a 9th place finish with City - a relegation battle the next.

He wants us to continue to progress - anyone not showing the same attitude, or if they are 'content with second best' will be 'dealt with'.

He also said 'having had the experience of complacency myself, I had to voice my concerns about things a couple of times last season.

'I am definitely not going to make the same mistake again after what happened at other clubs'.

Well said that man.

James will not be wanting to complete a hat trick of successful followed by disastrous or disappointing seasons, so providing the other players show the same desire - and we get a couple of strikers, one minimum - then next season has every chance of being even better for him and us.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 23 2007

Time: 10:04AM

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Jamo has a point. I really think next season will be tougher & the fixture list hasn't been kind. A lot will happen over the next 7-8 weeks with players coming & going & hopefully we will get the forwards we want. Gutted we didn't put a bid in for Henry.
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23/06/2007 10:18:00

Yep agreed I think Jamo is right, it does matter what the fixture list says and if we dont have the right attitude then we will struggle. I suppose i am hoping that Muntari and new strikers will want to get off to a flyer.
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23/06/2007 10:46:00

Hey storage matt i have just bought a dyson so if you want to put in abid for my henry it will be most welcom
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23/06/2007 10:47:00

the good old 'henry' vaccum, always looks so happy - the dyson is a beast tho! yep jamo is spot on, go into things thinking 'we'll be fine because of what we did last season' and we could be up that certain creek... a lot of 'doom and gloom' i have come across is of the opinion that the tough start could see us in or around relegation a few months in if we aren't careful. whilst this cannot be written off - as anything is possible - i am more confident, but if we go in with the wrong attitude we could find out the hard way as jamo has in the past...
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23/06/2007 10:54:00

I think you're all making a miele of it, Pompey will be fine, Jamo will be fine and the team will leave us breathless in the wake of its power and skill.
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23/06/2007 11:03:00

i am confident mate - and have said as much - but we still have to be on our guard... many factors cost us a place in the uefa cup last season, but complacency after reaching 40 points more than played it's part - learning from mistakes is something that will also play a major part in next season...
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23/06/2007 11:10:00

I was hoping someone would get the Miele joke. sigh.
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23/06/2007 11:12:00

@EtP, sympathetic sigh.
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23/06/2007 11:36:00

i couldn't even imagine Portsmouth getting relegated, i think you will be fine guys, like you said Pompeyrug the right attitude is needed
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23/06/2007 13:10:00

After all this talk of the striker hit list on this site this one comes out of the blue: The Magpies and Pompey have been linked to the classy Iceland hitman, and all three clubs would have no problem finding the reported 8million transfer fee needed to recruit the 28-year-old. Wonder if Hal knows what Peter Storrie is up to?
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23/06/2007 13:44:00

Eidur Gudjohnsen
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23/06/2007 13:45:00

I got it E_T_P. Cracking a vucuum cleaner joke like that i thought hoover hell do you think you are
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23/06/2007 18:16:00

Eidur rather have the Yak
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23/06/2007 18:17:00

Everyone's a comedian!
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23/06/2007 18:29:00

Are we all forgetting Utaka... Looks to me like we are going to sign him! What do you guys think of Utaka, it should be worth while having him. But i also like the look of Pazzini
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24/06/2007 06:03:00

I think i would prefer Yak, Pazzini or Defoe to utaka, less reliability issues. Although Defoes personality does not inspire confidence in me either
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24/06/2007 19:09:00

Whats the news with Nugent???
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25/06/2007 06:31:00

pazzini and yak - the ideal strike force, good mixture of young talent, and older experiance. I just dont think we will get either, as the asking price is "aparantly" too high. Or maybe 'arry is just trying to put other clubs off making bids for them? either way, if boro sign Smith, we should get the yak back!
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25/06/2007 11:46:00

i see we are linked with smith to but i dont get the smith thing myself, he has never been a high scorer, i agree he runs a lot and sets up others but we already have people to do that.
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25/06/2007 17:41:00


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