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Quiet whispers linking Djourou

This one is quite a long shot - and an unneeded log shot at that, as the Times report today that Pompey could make a move to sign Arsenal defender Johan Djourou on loan for the season, with Birmingham also interested.

The 20 year old - Ivory Coast born, Swiss international - is one of the many young starlets that Arsenal have. His quality is obvious, but this quality is not really needed as we are more than covered in defence now with the new arrivals we have seen.

If Djourou had been one of the promising 'young guns' of the attacking variety maybe this would have more legs.


The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 3 2007

Time: 10:23AM

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i dont buy it, just the papers with space to fill.
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03/07/2007 10:46:00

Don't need him, let him ship out to Birmingham or Watford for the season.
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03/07/2007 10:47:00

Do we need an unproven defender to just sit on the bench, NO! More paper nonsense. We get linked with a lot of never to happen stories but at least it flatters our highish profile.
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03/07/2007 10:48:00

i would not quite say he is unproven storagematt - he came in an did a job for arsenal when he was called upon... if we did not have the defenders we do i would be more than happy to see him come along for the season - as it is we just dont need him do we...
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03/07/2007 10:52:00

Midge, im not having a go or being sarcastic but what happened with this defoe and zamora business you spoke about mate? you said that even if it did not come off you would explain your reasoning for it - so hopefully you will now?
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03/07/2007 10:54:00

Give it up Harry, stop wasting time looking at more defenders and midfield, concentrate on what we need more than anything, more obvious than the nose on your face - A BLOODY STRIKER OR TWO!!! We've got the tournament in Asia coming up, surely that is the time you need to allow players to bed in, not one or two games into the season? We all know how important a win is at the end of the season, would have made all the difference this time!
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03/07/2007 11:24:00

I can't work out what Harry's up to? I'm not sure he knows to be honest.
The Rabbi
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03/07/2007 12:44:00

Surely Rabbi you should say that you can't work out what the press are up to!! Harry has never mentioned Djourou only the fact that he wants strikers and a wideman and has enough at the back. I work in Eastleigh but not near enough to the training ground to see waht goes on.
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03/07/2007 12:48:00

that is a good point mate this is only something the times have reported - no quotes, no nothing... for all his 'i would like so and so but cannot afford them' redknapp has come out with over and over he has said exatly what you say mate, that he wants strikers and widemen as we have enough at the back... 'arry or no one else at the club have said we will move for djourou - if we did this is when serious questions would have to be asked...
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03/07/2007 13:02:00

...but it has to be said that the Snooze is of course the tried and tested, most reliable fountain of knowledge too. Eastneydave has raised an absolutely valid and good point, all we know is what is being reported by the papers, which given how the club was run under the previous administration, the silence is in fact good.

Milan always loved to court attention, provided of course it was in his favour. We only have to look at a couple of incidences where the media upset him and were then banned from the ground - a bit like if you don't play my way, I'll take the ball away and go home. Now, with Sasha in charge, we have a more professional approach to issues and one of the biggest examples of this is the way that transfers are conducted.

Before, it was all publicised and the biggest benefactor of all the publicity surrounding who Harry wanted was Alan Curbishley. The guy is incapable of identifying players of his own accord and leeches off everyone around him, Harry being his biggest inspiration. Look back at how many Curbs "stole" from Harry and then you will see why it is done so much more professionally now.

As frustrating as it is to not know what the hell is going on, one can only applaud the new administration, long may it continue.
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03/07/2007 13:19:00

And as we speak (or write) the BBC report that Preston have given Pompey permission to talk to David Nugent. Fee must be agreed.
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03/07/2007 13:35:00

slowly, things look up!
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03/07/2007 19:08:00

Just paper talk, if he goes anywhere it will be to Arsenal Reserves, otherwise known as Birmingham City !!
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03/07/2007 20:58:00

Just a comment on the new order/less publicity bit..Love him as we all do...That was about mandaric and his inebillity to not talk to the press. he's always on Sky.5live.talk sport you name it hes on it or in it when there a story. Sasha on the other hand ..he dont even write in the programme well not in edition for the few games i manage to get up to. The news boys make about 60% up they have to sell their rags
plymouth graham
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03/07/2007 22:08:00

If it enables us to quietly and professionally sign up some good players without the usual suspects whisking them away at the death, then the 'new' club policy of silence until the signing is unveiled can only be fruitful for Pompey. Although having to put up with weeks of speculation and being linked to every half decent player going (and some donkeys) is frustrating, it's a small price to pay for seeing us with a strong squad at the start of the new season.
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03/07/2007 23:45:00

You'll do well to get this lad on loan. He's an amazing defensive prospect. Can play RB, CB or DM. So calm with the ball at his feet. Great pace, strength, aerial ability - he'll be a world class defender in a few years time.
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04/07/2007 04:01:00

On the basis of Simmy8_2000's comments let's get him on loan. Even if we have cover, injuries and cup games will no doubt take its toll and give him an opportunity.
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04/07/2007 07:08:00

simmy8 only tells me what i already know about the fella - his quality is obvious... get a striker, ideally two and then i would be happy to bring him in for a year on loan but until then priorities need to be put in order dont they...
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04/07/2007 08:52:00

Probably just a hopeless rag rumour as everyone suspects anyway, I reckon Arry and the boys are working hard to get a couple of strikers right now.....may even be a signing announced today, who knows!
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04/07/2007 09:37:00

yep, we've announced the signing of a striker - problem is he is a 16 year old kid :) but one for the future by all acounts...
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04/07/2007 12:19:00


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