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Pompey Chimes (21)

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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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 2 2007

Time: 10:00AM

Your Comments

David Nugent and David Healy would be interesting signings - I'd be happy to sign those two but only if Kanu stayed a bit longer, I think, for a bit of smarts and experience.
Et_tu_Pompeii
Kanu would be O.K. fresh - remember last season. Nugent would be a great acquisition. No disrespect to Preston but they appear to be rooted to that division.
pompeygray
accoding to john utaka 'when he signs' he will be playing alongside kanu... preston have been unlucky the last few years not to go up - if they keep nugent then 2007/08 could finally be their year...
pompeyrug
well up for Nugent, not sure about Healy though, is he really that good, Ok, he was great in the qualifiers, but thats can be a world away from the prem!
CharlieChimes
well, according to the daily mail...(100% accurate of course!) "Paul Simpson admits he is amazed David Nugent remains a Preston player. Nugent returns from holiday today and is set to return to pre-season training on Thursday even though Preston have accepted offers of £7m from Sunderland and Portsmouth. " - i'm not sure who paul simpson is - but its the bit about preston having accepted 7 million pound bids from us that intrested me. David Healeys record at international level is very impresive HOWEVER, his record for leeds in the championship was abysmal. is it worth taking the risk - probably - bu still a risk.
pompeycarpet
simpson is the manager of preston - and a quality manager at that... it makes you laugh doesn't it as 'arry says he wouldn't take a gamble on him, the next thing we are apparently going to go for him, then we are told a bid is made, 'arry then says he would not pay £7m, now this the mail says we have had a bid accepted... claims are nugent himself has said he will go where he wants - if he goes at all...
pompeyrug
yes, I dont see him coming to us. He is a wanted man, and so has the luxury of choosing where to play. It would probably be classed as a "shock move" if he did come to us.
pompeycarpet
New hope: just read sky sports, saying that sunderland had pulled out, having aleady been given permision to talk to nugent (so half the story i menioned is true), and the 1 un named premeiership club, it would seem, is either Us, or everton - both claim that they wont meet the 7 million valuation - so it could be intresting who this other clu could be!
pompeycarpet
It would be nice to get Nugent, but he has always wanted to go to Everton and that would appear to be his likely destination. Never mind we can hope that something goes wrong at Goodison and he comes to us.
Owenspompey
- we have tommorow to convince him that we are the future! http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?HLID=474883&CPID=8&title=Nugent+set+for+move+talks&lid=&channel=Football_Home&f=rss&clid=47
pompeycarpet
Do Everton want him? They already have Johnson, The young lad Grant, apparently want Smith, and like to play one up front
paultsmouth
well, everton is aparantly his prefered location - although talk about signing him does look much more promising!
pompeycarpet
lets just get him down here and let 'arry hopefully work his magic... he'll have to smooth over the 'he is too much of a gamble' stuff tho :)
pompeyrug
 

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