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Utaka claims he is on his way

John Utaka claims he is 'on the verge' of signing for Pompey - having spoken to Nigerian teammate Kanu to gain advice about such a move.

The News is claiming he said 'Yes, Kanu has spoken with me about Portsmouth.

'What he told me is personal to me but I am really looking forward to joining him at Fratton Park and playing alongside him in the colours of Portsmouth next season'.

Okay - we have either missed something, these quotes are from a while back or there is something we do not know about the Kanu situation - unless of course a week-to-week contract he is currently on is what he has been hankering for all along.

I am not saying he will not sign but will he really be playing alongside Kanu next season? If so someone has to back track - and neither party seem that willing to do so, with Kanu now technically a free agent.

The reports are he will sign from Rennes for around £5.7million. But would this include Niko Kranjcar going the other way - as recent talk had claimed? This has been denied but still remains unclear.

A common occurrence every time we are 'linked' with a player plus cash move sees us saying 'this cannot happen', but I again find myself saying this cannot happen with Kranjcar!

We did not see him at his best last season, but he showed signs of this. A full pre season behind him and more of a run in the side and we have a potentially world class talent here, with the ability to fulfil his tag of being 'one of Croatia's finest ever products'.

Utaka has been linked with Pompey on and off for sometime now but I still do not know too much about the fella. I do know his record of 1 goal in 4 matches with Lens was not that great, but with Rennes he has a record of almost 1 in 2 - that is more like it.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 2 2007

Time: 10:55AM

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The Kanu link is interesting!
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02/07/2007 11:47:00

This one isnt done yet, Rennes say the deal is contingent upon Krunchie going the other way. The club have this morning quite rightly (in my view) said no. the other issue is if Kanu does stay then we will have two strikeers away for the ACoN
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02/07/2007 12:21:00

Utaka has been my favourite of the potential foreign signings. Some good vids of him on Youtube,however remember that watching him waltz through a French league defence is more akin to how he'd be against a Championship side, not the Prem, but the skill is there. He's got good close control to run through players and he's got good technique when striking the ball from distance. His scoring record is improving which is a good sign. You could see him working well with Kanu or Benji. Or Harewood ;)
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02/07/2007 12:29:00

Eduardo da silva from Dinamo Zagreb, goes to Arsenal for 20 mil eur. Two weeks ago I told you about this great player...I thinks that is better that he go in Portsmounth, becouse he is young and he have a time for bigger clubs Ports. don't have player like Kranjcar, he have the best pass in Pompey, before he came in Portsmouth, he almost sign for Rennes
andy croat 27
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02/07/2007 12:42:00

Come on arry, it's time to play your striker cards and get the deals done. Instead of Yakubu, Defoe or Nugent I can see us being left with Harewood, Utaka and Ashton!
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02/07/2007 12:48:00

completely agree russell kranjcar must stay as we have a great player here - we cannot afford to ship him off too soon as we will regret this if we do... also russell do you not check your email that regularly? if not you may well want to mate...
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02/07/2007 12:56:00

From what Harry's saying he sees Utaka as more of a wide man, presumably in a similar role to that which Benjani played a few times last season. It worries me slightly that he's willing to take a punt on a player who seems to be a forward with a view to moving him out wide (with unknown results), but isn't willing to take a punt on an out and out striker from the championship (Nugent).
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02/07/2007 13:17:00

JUST BUY HIM!!!!!! one is better than none!
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02/07/2007 13:20:00

- the daily mail says we have had a bid accepted for nugent - i like the sound of that (but probably not true). The quotes from Utaka seem almost identical too waht he has said in the past, so I think either he repeated himself, or somebody had a look at some historic archives. but whatever happens, keep Niko - the only midfielder that I see leaving is seun davis - but nobody seems intrested.
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02/07/2007 13:55:00

agreed, the bits about playing alongside kanu seem to make it all the more likely that old quotes are just being re used... i would like to keep all our players but some have to go, so i would agree mate davis could be the one to go at some point? but i am happy to see him stay...
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02/07/2007 14:28:00

Vital to keep hold of Krunchy, he's going to be a real Pompey star.
Steve C
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02/07/2007 17:41:00

Kranjcar has got to stay, end of story, I have an inkling that Redknapp may be playing it cute over Nugent and Defoe, his smokescreens are legendary, and if everyone remembers correctly, Peter Storrie said that Defoe wanted to join us last season, a comment that Spurs made him take back, someone is working behind the scenes somewhere....
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02/07/2007 18:21:00

Just watched Utaka on youtube, all the goals seem to be against the same team! Either that or all French teams wear white
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02/07/2007 18:35:00

same goal different angles
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02/07/2007 19:36:00

All French teams where white? I'm sure thats the flag or surrender colour - perhaps this is the case then ha ha. I'm getting bored of all this talk now - come on Harry spend some money, I tell you what, why dont you phone Sky and see if you can steal Walshie back - he looked good on the pitch a couple of months ago even if he was late...
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02/07/2007 20:21:00

"Nugent is now set to hold talks with Portsmouth on Tuesday about a possible switch to the South Coast" - more talk - this ime more promising from sky sports. ( http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?HLID=474883&CPID=8&title=Nugent+set+for+move+talks&lid=&channel=Football_Home&f=rss&clid=47 ) - lets hope Harry is as magic as he has been in the past
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02/07/2007 22:28:00

Just read the Nugent story on Sky, now that would get my interest going, what was that about Redknapp playing it cute...
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02/07/2007 22:37:00

so people are not so convinced on utaka then? ive not even looked on youtube tbh... would rather nugent tho - and maybe we might get him afterall...
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02/07/2007 23:40:00

you called it mate didn't you - lets hope 'arry can be more than cute when he talks to him tomorrow! it took a bottle of water to convince sol, the family barbie you suggest could be what it takes to convince nugent :)
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02/07/2007 23:41:00

ah, whatever, just so long as we get him!
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03/07/2007 09:56:00


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