Pompey Chimes (25)
What happened on Friday with Pompey and the media? Lets take a look.
The Daily Mail claimed that Harry Redknapp was stepping up his hunt for Fredi Kanoute. I am not saying this might not be the case but their basis for this is purely on Redknapp's admission that he 'likes Kanoute a lot'. The same paper claimed that we were closing in on a £16million double swoop for John Utaka and David Nugent.
Later it was revealed that - or at least alleged - that we had placed a bid for Utaka, with this bid being rejected by Rennes. This was covered in full by Vital Pompey in this article Move not as imminent as Utaka thinks.
Last weekend Pompey's 'apparent' interest with Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen returned. The Mirror claimed that his signing of a new contract has ended Redknapp's yearlong pursuit of him. I know we were reported as bidding for him last summer, but my thinking was that was the end of the matter?
Dejan Stefanovic's place in the starting line up seems assured for the time being as Redknapp confirmed that he would retain the captaincy this season. Again this was covered in full by Vital Pompey in this article Dejan retains the armband.
The thing that really caught my eye was the news in The Sentinel - a local paper to Stoke I believe - claiming that ex Pompey manager Tony Pulis was desperate to sign Andy Griffin on a permanent basis.
He returned to Stoke - after a decade away - on loan for the majority of last season and Pulis wants him back 'I am hoping we will get it done, but whether we can or not I still don't know.
'I am desperate for him to sign for us'.
I did not even realise he was still here until I read this, as I thought he had already left! I am sure something will be sorted out to enable to go - and when he does I do not think he will be missed too much.
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