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Nugent and Utaka to complete moves

Nugent and Utaka to complete moves

Sol Campbell had told the Sun today that the 'buzz' about the club 'will only really start when he see some serious new players up front' - and big Sol might be just about to see his wishes granted!

Word is getting stronger that both John Utaka and David Nugent are closing in on signing for the club.

Media reports are saying that Pompey have increased their offer for Utaka to £7m - something that has got Rennes thinking, with it believed that it is just down to the Nigerian to decide if he does want to move to Pompey after all.

And the news coming from the Lancashire Post - latterly backed up by The News - is that terms have been agreed between Nugent and Pompey on a £6m move, with the England international agreeing to a 4-year contract that will be signed if he passes a medical tomorrow - as he should.

Signings often happen in pairs - or more - with Pompey, so can we finally be about to witness the arrival of not one, but two strikers?

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday July 10 2007
Time: 2:18PM

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Two proper strikers - it's hard to believe. But what does Sol think of them? Will he be satisfied? Will he start to get the 'buzz' that he says is lacking at the moment? Don't naff it up, Pompey, make sure they sign.
Et_tu_Pompeii
10/07/2007 14:26:00
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he will be happy as they are class acts - altho tbh i dont know a lot about utaka, shame we will lose him to the african nations, so a draw back - but in the sense of out and out goalscorers would you not agree mate that neither are quite 'proper strikers'... dont get me wrong they will score goals and utaka's record with rennes is pretty tasty but they are not quite goal poachers - not that im moaning as i will be very happy with these fellas... lets sign them up before they have a change to get away...
pompeyrug
10/07/2007 14:42:00
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Nugent as a striker ? No doubts. Utaka as a striker? hmmm not so sure. He is a right sided player who will bring the trickery and speed to the wing but he is not an out and out striker. I still think we need another striker, Unless Hrry believes Benjani is going to get goal fever.
russellm
10/07/2007 14:43:00
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Happy days! Seems like our fears about Nugent will now be dispelled, as for Utaka....I don't really know enough about the guy to comment. If he shouldbe first choice on the right, what's gonna happen to Gary? Dropped our first choice in the centre? An interesting problem for Arry if it happens.
Tantona
10/07/2007 14:48:00
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Not sure about Utaka at that kind of price as a striker. I still think there's a deal for Kanoute there somewhere for around £7M and maybe that money may be better spent on him although his age is an issue
bluedr
10/07/2007 14:49:00
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yeh we tell kanu 1 year cuase your too old-which i agree with and then possibly offer Kanoute a deal and pay alot of dough for him. Mind you I would like to have Kanoute as i think he can be a class act on his day. why not Nugent, Kanoute, Benji and Utaka? The only draw back is that 3 will be gone for the ANC. Papers in M'boro are linking us wth Yak again. I would love to have Defoe in the mix somewhere myself
plymouth graham
10/07/2007 15:15:00
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Once i & t are sorted they we can look forward to the season.
storagematt
10/07/2007 15:31:00
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that still leaves us 1 striker short - Utaka is a good right sided player, which Harry said he wanted (although what happens to garry o'neil is a mystery - extra cover for right and centre?). Nugent upfront with benji is an attractive idea, although still leaves us without the goal poacher. And i still prefer yak to defoe, what ever anybody says, he would just fit in better...
pompeycarpet
10/07/2007 15:36:00
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the real issue with signing utaka, kanoute or yakubu is all 3 will be off to the african nations, along with lualua and benjani, leaving us with just 1 striker in nugent - assuming the medical is passed, as it should be... the solution we might have is kranjcar! he could move to a forward role, or play just behind nugent when our african fellas are away...
pompeyrug
10/07/2007 16:18:00
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I agree with storagematt let's get them signed up and start looking forward to the season. I think HR will use Utaka as a wide man so expect another striker. How about a countdown to the season clock and who among the army travelling to Honk Kong is reporting for Vital?
eastneydave
10/07/2007 16:33:00
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