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Move not as imminent as Utaka thinks

Move not as imminent as Utaka thinks

Many media outlets are claiming that we have had a bid - said to be £6.7million - rejected for Rennes striker John Utaka - who has already expressed his desire to play for Pompey, with he himself claiming that a move 'was close'.

Rennes manager Pierre Dreossi said to France Football 'John Utaka could leave us but, for the moment, the offers are insufficient.

'€10million (£6.7million) from Portsmouth is not enough'.

Today is seeing a move to Pompey for the Nigerian heavily favoured in the media and Pompey's move for David Nugent claimed to be 'getting closer,' with Fredi Kanoute also said to be 'closing in' on a move to Pompey by the media circus.

How much Pompey will be willing to pay for the Utaka? This is something only they know, but my thinking is if we are asked to go much higher than £7million - possibly £8million maximum, depending on how much Harry Redknapp really wants him - this will be a no go.

We are getting closer in our hunt for strikers though, so I still expect to know what will happen with Nugent by the early part of next week - at the latest. And believe that we will have at least one striker in place by the time we face Yeovil a week on Saturday, hopefully.


Date:Friday July 6 2007
Time: 1:57PM


Why am I not surprised! Groan....
06/07/2007 14:20:00
I think they were hoping if they stalled we would let them have Niko. But as Harry has already said no, i cant see that happening. It'll be around 7 million or nothing at all i reckon. As for Nugent. i like him, he is excellent, but if he only stalling hoping Everton will come in late then do we really want to wait for ever? i think we should put a time limit on it, and if he doesnt want to wear our shirt, put that the extra cash toward Utaka and get someone who wants us, as much as we want them.
06/07/2007 14:50:00
exactly mate as much as being a footballer is a job for most, we still only want players here that want to wear the shirt... i think having the weekend to decide for nugent is plenty enough time... kranjcar is a world class talent in the making, so rennes can covert him all the want - we cannot give in and we wont...
06/07/2007 14:55:00
Well said midge, its make your mind up time surely ? They either want to come and play or they can go elsewhere for me. There are still some options around, but the season will soon be upon us.
06/07/2007 16:01:00
my mate in media street says the Rennes issue is more about payment terms and not the sum or Krunchie.
06/07/2007 16:58:00
Don't know too much about Utaka, but from what i've heard he would give us loads of options up front. With Lua and Benji and Utaka all floating in different positions, What a potential nightmare for the oppositions defence!!! So long as they remember they have to put the round thing in the net from time to time...
06/07/2007 17:03:00
oooh, can you imagine it? Nugent, Benjani, and Utaka...a threeman attack force?, with LuaLua coming on with 20mins to go to destroy whatevers left of oposition defences? Excelent. (im in dream world again, arn't?)
06/07/2007 18:35:00
Pompeycarpet, take your medication quickly, you really are in dreamland mate, in reality we will be lucky to see Harewood and Mido up front, never mind we can all dream cant we!!
06/07/2007 19:04:00
Utaka is a wide right player ( so says wikipedia) so this means assuming 442 formation Gary O moves in field? So who makes way? Surely not Pedro or newly signed Muntari woh woh Muntari woh..gotta stop singing that. So how does he (Utaka) fit in? He wont stay as a bencher. I cant see it my self but do people think it will be a 433 formation,
06/07/2007 19:10:00
The way Harry thinks we could end up with 4-5-1 with Muntari and Utaka wide and just Nugent !! or Benjani up front,with Pedro,Gary and one other in the centre of midfield. Matty would be at left back if we played like this.
06/07/2007 20:38:00
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