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Nugent still hopeful of move

Preston North End`s striker Dave Nugent is considering offers from Sunderland and Portsmouth who were both successful in making bids for the player last Friday when PNE agreed to allow talks to take place with their player.

It is believed though that Sunderland were the only club to have actually spoken to Nugent so far and they have allegedly offered considerably less for the player than Pompey have. Preston`s Chairman, Derek Shaw, said and referred to Sunderland - 'Of the two clubs we gave permission to speak to David, we believe he met one on Friday. We are not sure at this stage if he has met the other club. We have been informed that David has now gone on holiday for a week and we are hoping to get an update from his representative.'

The major issue for Pompey - provided they are actually interested of course - is the financial power of Everton who may well come in from the back and snap the player up with a late bid. For Portsmouth to avoid this, Harry Redknapp and Peter Storrie will have to break their tradition of leaving it all to the last minute and actually place a bid on the table and sign the player.

Too often in the past the Club has missed out as a result of being slow off the mark; having missed out on Kanuote, Yakubu not likely to return to Fratton Park and Nicolas Anelka looking to return to Arsenal, Harry can ill afford to place all his eggs in one basket and land yet another African based player. With the African Cup of Nations due to start again next January, a couple of non-African players will be needed to avoid a mass exodus of players from Fratton Park after Christmas for a month.

Preston North end may well demand a high fee for the services of Dave Nugent, but at 7 million he is still a good investment - having played for England, he is more likely to be able to step into Premiership football than any African player where football is not always as high a standard as some Championship status clubs over here.

Perhaps its time to stop trying to look for cheap deals and to start signing recognised goalscorers - or is Pompey to be the EasyJet and RyanAir of Premiership football?

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Writer: TruePompeyBlue Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 26 2007

Time: 2:49PM

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I regret us not getting Dean Ashton when he was at Norwich. A lot may depend on whether DN wants to come this far south. Though Sunderland is a dump it's still nearer to home.
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26/06/2007 15:17:00

Same thing would worry me in a bid for 'Smiffy'.
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26/06/2007 15:43:00

Glad we're not signing Smith but I quite like the thought of Nugent. He's high profile, plays for England (although that would change of course) young, scores goals. Doesn't sound at all like a Pompey player but Hal should almost break the bank for him and boll***s if he turns out to be mediocre.
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26/06/2007 16:29:00

Have just seen that we have signed Martin Cranie from the scum. IF he's got potential, its clever of HR to buy someone who will be happy, initially, to sit on the bench and learn from our fantastic defenders whist being available for a game or two to keep him quiet.
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26/06/2007 16:32:00

Not keen on a kind of swap deal for Utaka and Nico. I can't believe Hal would let Nico go to Rennes. Or that Nico would WANT to got to Rennes.
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26/06/2007 16:35:00

Dont like the sound of a Nico - Utaka swap, and I dont think it will happen. Nugent seems OK, but i would prefer pazzini as a young striker (much cooler name :) ) Shame we didnt go for Henry...i think he might have signed - we all know he loves us :)
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26/06/2007 16:59:00

Cranie could be a good signing for the future - lets hope he is, and its ood to get another english playor in the squad. Lets hope that the talks with Diara go a little further, as he would be a good adition to the midfield (we still might get him, despite newcastle), and if we can get Nugent, then all we would need is a more experianced forward, and then we are sorted...hopefully
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26/06/2007 17:02:00

I just want us to sign a striker, any bloody striker!!
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26/06/2007 17:57:00

i dont want smith, as pompeyrug said there are forward players and strikers, and striker smith aint. Nugent wanted the toffees was my undertsanding so i cant see him coming. Sunderland may be not the most salubrious of destinations but they do have the Roy Kean factor and we would all accept he has done a good job there, also they have quality facilities. Pazzini would be my preference, strong runner and rocket shot, LoL anybody notice he has a flash name
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26/06/2007 18:57:00

i would not be that sure about signing a player that would not really want to be here - just came as he could not get the move he wanted... he would be a brilliant signing for the long and short term but i am not sure we will see it... yep, smith is not the man we are looking for. what will he add that we do not already have? certainly not goals...
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26/06/2007 19:12:00

If Nugent were to sign, bang in 15 goals by January and then Everton were to come knocking, where would that leave us? Must admit when we beat Leeds 6-1 four years ago, Smith got the 1 and was the best player on the park!
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26/06/2007 20:39:00

Out of interest, Smith averaged 1 in every 4.5 for Leeds and 1 in 9 for man u and England, not prolific is he?
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26/06/2007 20:42:00

Nugent has been seen up here at Everton, he has made no secret of the fact that he wants play for them, however they are still looking to offload Beattie, please harry no !! Smith gives 100% and could play up front or just behind a target man like Mido, who is looking for a move to a better club than Fulham. With Smiffy, Mido, Benjy and Toddy, plus Lua Lua and maybe Kanu who knows we may have the solution.
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26/06/2007 21:35:00

We are heavily linked with marvellous marlon again!!
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26/06/2007 22:23:00

oh dear...i odnt like all this spcualtion about us signing playors that i dont think sound good. Nugnt - ok, hes english, we can get him...but dont bother with Mido, Harewood or smith - aim high...pazzini, saviola, teves, yak, rooney, ronaldo etc...THEN we would do well...(I can dream...cant I?)
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26/06/2007 22:42:00

agreed, me no for Mido and its no good for Harwood, smiths goal record is no better than what we have, great player but dont we have a few others to play behind the front two and is that not the position we bought Muntari for. i still fear we will have to pay over the odds for anybody worth having as we have poor facilities and cannot offer Uefa footy etc. although sky will be showing our asian tournament games
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26/06/2007 23:40:00

ones paper, the times dontcha know says smith will only go to a club playing European football next season.... phew that was a close one
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26/06/2007 23:54:00

Agrred, we have enough players with his goal ratio and we don't need another forward who plays just behind . . . .blah blah blah . . . . need a forward who plays 'in front of' and SHOOTS and SCORES S C O R E S S C O R E S Harry, you listening?
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27/06/2007 07:54:00

...about 5million better off paultsmouth as Everton would have to pay the going rate plus extra as he'd be worth even more by then.
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27/06/2007 10:29:00


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