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What happened on Saturday with Pompey and the media? Lets take a look.

The news that most of us thought would happen - even if we did not want it to - that Svetoslav Todorov would be leaving Pompey was confirmed by the players agent in The News. This was covered in full by Vital Pompey in this article Todorov moving on.

Former Pompey striker Diomansy Kamara is looking like making a return to the Premiership, with the BBC reporting that Fulham is closing in on a sizable deal that will involve a player plus cash. This is a frightening thing really - not his return, but the amount involved and just shows how much more Pompey will have to pay to get this quality striker we want.

Talking of strikers and our search for a new one - 'one at least' - this is apparently taking 'a new twist' according to The News after Harry Redknapp's comments - okay then! This too was covered in full on Vital Pompey in this article New striker twist? I think not!

Marceo Rigters, the Dutch international that finished the U21 European Championships as top goalscorer is looking closer to a move to the Premiership. Reports that I had read recently were saying a fee as little as half a million could get him - money well spent if that was the case. Pompey have not been officially 'linked' with him but as we are most other strikers the BBC thought they may as well 'throw our hat in the ring'.

The thing that really caught my eye was the varying news in various tabloids claiming that Jermain Defoe has no interest in joining Pompey - or any other non-top 4 club.

With Darren Bent signing for Spurs the chances of Defoe moving away seem to have increased. But the media circus came out with wave after wave of stories surrounding him on Saturday.

Some say he would only sign for a top 4 side with Liverpool and United said to be interested, others said that would be the only move that he would make but none of them want him, with others still claiming Villa and Sunderland would make moves as will of course Pompey.

My thinking has been that none of the top 4 will touch him - if they do he will not be in a much better position than he is at Spurs, other than the fact he may win something - not to say Spurs wont win anything this season?

If he really does feel he is 'above' playing for anyone else outside of the top 4, good luck to him as he will probably need it.

It is believed by many people that none of the top 4 would have him, so if he really has the attitude that he is 'too good' for anyone else then we would not want him. Could we get him anyway - as we would have to pay a hefty fee and we do not really seem comfortable doing this?


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Date:Sunday July 1 2007
Time: 10:00AM


The Defoe debate will roll on and on, but come August I can't see him at Spurs and I can't see him in a top four side, so that leaves him out of last seasons top five!
01/07/2007 10:31:00
well, slowly our strikers are being pushed away, and it looks like marlon harewood is moving closer to a move to us (which I dont want, but keep on sayin - he is what harry likes in a striker). Kamaras high price move to fulham just confirms we will have to spend big - something we (and harry) will just have to live with.
01/07/2007 11:02:00
We can't keep running on freebies & need to spend. As stated Kamara at £6m+ scary.
01/07/2007 11:53:00
If the 'top' 5 clubs don't want defoe doesn't that ring some alarm bells - He's not that good - Pompey fans seemed obsessed with this guy, as if he's the holy grail which will lead us into a new age of greatness. If he doesn't want to play for us then suddenly he does (which is what a bunch of you are thinking) what does that say about this bloke? Nope, give me someone with a bit of consistency - in life not football. Give me Marlon any day - JOKE!
01/07/2007 11:56:00
I agree with you E_T_P i just dont get the Defoe obsession. I have consistently thought and asked do we really want a player who is lazy in attitude? Will Defoe consider himself the biggest fish in a medium pond and if so what effect might that have on the team?
01/07/2007 12:19:00
What is clear now is that the market thinks 6-7 million is payable for a striker, and we pompey fans know what the criteria we are looking for is. A world class striker,at the price of a conference player, over 30 but under 29 or marlon harewood ARRRGGGHHH
01/07/2007 12:22:00
yeap, i pretty much agree with you E-T-P and russelm - but i dont care WHO we get - just so long as they can score!!!!
01/07/2007 12:28:00
yep they all speak sense here and to a degree i too almost dont care who we get as long as we get someone... but tbh - and being totally so - if this anyone had to be harewood i would almost rather go without than pay £5m for the fella - £2.5m, £3m at a push okay if needs be... i mean no offence to him but for the sake of a couple of mill more we could get someone much more prolific - even if this is maybe only 'potentially' much more prolific...
01/07/2007 12:59:00
I have volunteered my services on a free but so far Harry has not responded. Not sure if Nugent has joined anyone yet but I would be looking at him if available.
01/07/2007 13:15:00
Just realised, that with no Toddy, & cole likley to leave, we have NO strikers when the other bugger of to the African Nations!!!! AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!...please tell me u got somthing up your sleeve Harry!!!!
01/07/2007 16:07:00
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