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Makelele talk returns

It is amazing that what Harry Redknapp reportedly said in the Mirror suddenly means that Pompey are going to sign, or at least attempt to sign Claude Makelele.

'We could do a lot worse than sign Makelele.

'If he was available, I'd love to have him in my team'.

My thinking here - unless there is more to it than we have not been shown - is Redknapp is just doing his usual 'of course I like him, I would love to have him here' speech when asked the question on a player, but has not actually said Pompey will make a move for the Chelsea midfielder as the implication is - for £2million.

Makelele - who is moving into the final year of his contract - would be another great addition to the Pompey side, let alone squad but as much as his quality could help us do we really need him? Yep, you can never have too many world class performers - and I would not say no - but would signing him be a priority?

Our priority must remain attracting a striker or striker as the defence - for all it's quality now and the midfield - that is literally overflowing with talent and ability, will not win us matches if we cannot score.

There is always the theory that signing Makelele could send out further messages of Pompey's intent, ergo possibly making others - strikers - look at us more seriously? Although if we won't pay the going rate we will still miss out on them.

I could have sworn that I read reports just yesterday claiming that Makelele had agreed to see out his final year at Chelsea and fight for a first team place anyway?


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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 29 2007

Time: 11:05AM

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What a signing this would be if we got Claude, he would give great experience to the team plus he is top quality. I think now bent has gone to spurs pompey will atempt a bid back for defoe with will be great, Play up pompey
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29/06/2007 11:29:00

Do we really want him? As good a player that he is, we've got plenty of midfield players and defenders now, so why spend another 2million on yet another non-forward? With Harry saying constantly that 7million is too much for Nugent but appears to be happy to pay 5million for Harewood, why waste 2million on part of the squad that we already have well covered? Why not add the 2million that would be spend on Claude to the 5million that would be wasted on Harewood and bloody well make an offer for Nugent ?

Cone on Harry, it's not rocket science for goodness sake!
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29/06/2007 11:39:00

Not only that, but will the St. John's Ambulance crews have enough oxygen bottles available with all these old farts we keep blasted well getting?? Makelele is not exactly a spring chicken at 34 years of age! Born: 18/02/1973 in Kinshasa ( Zaire ).
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29/06/2007 11:42:00

i would happily have makelele here - if we had already signed a couple of strikers! but as we have still not even signed one much like you TPB i would rather we put the 2m towards getting someone like pazzini or nugent rather than harewood... if makelele signs tho i would not turn my nose up at his arrival...
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29/06/2007 12:09:00

Neither would I Pompeyrug, I can't argue or moan about his quality and ability - I just feel we have more than enough cover elsewhere and our absolute, paramount, extreme priority is to sign a striker or we are going to find ourselves in the same position as our first four seasons - a relegation fight by Christmas.

Kanu (if he's still here) can't score now, only two league goals in six months. Cole is so old he can barely move, Toddy will never get another chance, Benjani works hard but is more of a provider than scorer, Lualua was a huge let down and disappointment last season - so I ask every single Pompey supporter out there, where on earth do they think the goals are going to come from next season? Have they, the supporters, got the stomach for yet another relegation battle if it comes to it?
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29/06/2007 12:17:00

Simple Law of Football Physics - in order to win, we have to score more than the other side. In order to score, we need someone to be able to do just that! No goals, no win = no points.
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29/06/2007 12:20:00

no win might not mean no points tho - it could mean 1 point if we drew :) but i know what you are saying mate... we would be lucky to get 20 goals from the names you mention - it does not fill you with too much faith does it... i keep telling myself we will be okay, we are going to get some strikers so altho im alittle more concerned than i was a few weeks back but i am still not hitting the panic button yet...
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29/06/2007 13:16:00

I agree with TruePompeyBlue, whilst no one can dispute he was quality, but that is it he WAS quality. Pompeyrug I see the dreaded hand of expediency here, you will recall i thought that the worse thing that could happen for the club is an Avrim grant swap deal for a retiring player. i think we will be getting a Claude as a swap for an Avrim, this is the thing i said i hoped wouldnt happen as it doesnt reallt benefit the club, it does not give us the additional funds trequired for a class striker., and with makalele instead of a class striker we are no threat to Chelski, for me it is a win lose situation, they win, we lose.
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29/06/2007 13:43:00

avram for SWP - that would be a beet swap, although money would also be nice. atthe moment, I am hoping that when contracts exprire, we can sign new playors, and also now that daren bent has signed for tottnham, we can get defoe. If we dont, i may just reach for the panic button...
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29/06/2007 14:08:00

Jeeze, I don't believe all this stuff - we buy quality midfielders to add to other quality midfielders so we have a quality midfield where everyone knows his place, be it starting line-up, bench, reserves [but in with a chance on a good day (bad for someone else of course)] and then Harry, because he's bottling strikers left right and centre switches back to 'easy mode' again and starts talking about bleedin' midfielders. HAL, MIDFIELD, IT FINE, NO PROBLEMS THERE, NO WANT OLD REJECT FROM CHELSEA, WANT STRIKER, THAT'S STRIKER, ES, TEE, ARE, EYE, KAY, EE, ARE, STRIKER - S T R I K E R. S T R I K E R, S T R I K E R.
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29/06/2007 14:14:00

Yes, thank you nurse, I've taken them all, I'm feeling a little better now.
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29/06/2007 14:16:00

i dont disagree with TPB at all either russellm - i agree, basically as what i write in the article says so... swapping grant for makelele does now make this a more probably dealing afterall, but it is a swap that as you say mate only benefits chelski - in the long run... how hard is it to actually sign a striker? we have the money - so we are told - so just fax through an offer to spurs for defoe, await their initial rejection then up it, but dont extract the urine and dont expect to get him for nothing or no one will sign for us apart from harewood! a bid around 8million would get spurs thinking...
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29/06/2007 14:42:00

Relax boys at least Earnshaw has gone to Derby, and to think we missed him !!
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29/06/2007 15:50:00

We're not going to get all our signings at once. I think you lot should calm down.
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29/06/2007 16:04:00

Yes your right, sorry
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29/06/2007 16:33:00

Pompeyrug, i have changed my mind i will almost be happy with Defoe, JUST GET US AT LEAST ONE CLASS STRIKER
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29/06/2007 16:58:00

Glad to hear Earnshaw has gone elsewhere. We couldn't have afforded the 3.5m he cost anyway. Makelele is a good signing although a little old (not by my standards though)
The Rabbi
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29/06/2007 17:00:00

Ah, bet he's still a babe compared to you though The Rabbi!!

Time for me to run I think...!
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29/06/2007 17:30:00

...after reading that again, think I need to clear that up - I meant that Claude is a youngster in comparison, not a "babe" in any other sort of way!
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29/06/2007 17:33:00

Rumours: Spurs happy to sell to us, Defoe doesn't want to come here! Kranjar to be swapped to Rennes for one of their players, that big black bloke Ultika or someit. Claude. Very good & very old. Would give us a year max & take a goodbye final years salary. Not sure we need him. Need a fkin striker.
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29/06/2007 18:57:00

Rumours: TruePompeyBlue wants the Rabbi's baby
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29/06/2007 19:08:00

rumours: Harry rednap might have possibly been seen spending money. No, thats too riduculas, they willnever beleive it...
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29/06/2007 19:24:00

and please dont let krajcar leave, and if your going to get a playor in return for avram grant, get a decent striker, or at least the cash t get one.
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29/06/2007 19:25:00

thats my point pompeycarpet entirely
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29/06/2007 19:53:00

So what midfielders do Rennes have that Pompey want, then? Ha! surely can't be strikers in the offing? Maybe their retired groundsman used to score a few?
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29/06/2007 20:19:00

Just heard Toddys leaving!!!!!! I think im gonna cry!!! what a great player he has been for us, scored 2 goals in 3 games last season & was still shipped of to Wigan! gutted! we love you Toddy!!!!!!!!!
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30/06/2007 09:13:00

If Toddy is going he will go down as one of those players who did a great job for us. When Harry stole him from the 'ammers we wondered what we were getting as he had not done too much for them, but once again the man got it right. Bad injuries and loss of form made him all the more determined and he was great in the Championship season with the Yak and Merse. I hope he goes on to have another chance as he is a great lad. Cheers Toddy
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30/06/2007 09:43:00

its funny though, any mention of us having to get rid of any player to pick up a striker everyones like "not worth it" "we couldnt possibly loose him"...our mid does have plently of players, if it means loosing one to nab a good striker then so be it!!! not saying this is the way it is, but it could well happen!
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30/06/2007 15:22:00

ok, I wouldnt mind losing one...(seun davis), but losing Krancjac for Utaka - i think we would get more goals from Niko, and more of a team performance. this is nothing against Utaka, I just think Kranjcar is a great playor.
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30/06/2007 16:28:00

yep agree mate davis - as much as i like the fella - would be the one i would sacrifice if need be... kranjcar has the ability to be one of the very best croatia has ever produce - and they've produced some great players, one that we know all about - so letting him go for utaka is just stupid... tbh i dont think we should need to offer players plus cash to sign strikers anyway - why cant we just pay straight up cash?
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30/06/2007 17:33:00


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