Date:Monday July 2 2007
What happened on Sunday with Pompey and the media? It was all tabloid talk with nothing else backing it up but lets take a look anyway.
Several time Pompey target - this and last summer - Nicolas Anelka has, according to the Sunday Mirror anyway, told 'friends' that he could return to City.
Linking up with Anelka at City, again according to the Sunday Mirror, will be Yakubu - something that seems to have gathered more strength in the tabloids today.
Some reports had come out over the weekend that Pompey would, or even had moved for Curtis Davies again. My thinking was we wanted him a year ago - and maybe even moved for him - but have little or no interest in moving for him again now? With him wanting to leave West Brom the News of the World claimed Arsenal and Spurs will battle it out for him.
Another link from a year ago for some reason resurfaced in the Sunday People, as it claimed Blackburn would fend off Pompey's 'interest' in Ryan Nelsen by offering him a new contract - déjà vu anyway? These defender 'links' leave me feeling I have gone back in time 12 months!
Two things really caught my eye - both in the News of the World and both concerning strikers, which according to Harry Redknapp are in short supply at the moment? These strikers being David Nugent and David Healy.
It was claimed that Everton want Nugent but will not go above £4million. With this in mind it would seem to make a move by Redknapp all the less likely, particularly as he has already ruled out a move more than once - but if only he would have a go he could get him do we not think?
Steve McClaren does not pick just anyone for England - as we know he is very particular - so for Nugent to have even played at that level, particularly as a Championship player makes him even more worthwhile moving for. Early reports today claim he will stay with Preston now anyway?
Healy is a striker that has seemed destined for Fulham all summer - with them said to be preparing a fresh move for him, but with a move still to happen he is still out there - and what is more he will not command a fee that high! He might not have Premiership experience but he has shown on the international stage with Northern Ireland - and against the best - that he can score.
Easy for me to say as it is not my money or my job on the line but Nugent and Healy could be signed for £8 or £9million combined would you not think? So a mere £3 or £4million more than we might pay for Marlon Harewood could get us two strikers - gamble? No more than Harewood would be at that price.
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Date:Monday July 2 2007
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