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Everybody's happy, will Kanu be too?

Everybody's happy, will Kanu be too?

We have all read and maybe even heard - thanks to the fellas at Vital Football with their audio articles - what Harry Redknapp thinks of the new signings, what David Nugent is hoping for and what and who persuaded John Utaka to join, but what is going to happen to Kanu?

Utaka has said in The News that he hopes one of the men that helped convince him to come here will stay 'of course I would like Kanu to be around and hopefully he'll be around. I'm friends with him and he told me it would be good to come here.

'He convinced me to join. He talked to me a lot about the club and the fans.

'If he stays it will be easier for me to advance'.

No matter what has or what has not happened with Kanu, what he has said in the media or not the fact that he helped convince his countryman to come here must say something about the way he does feel about this club?

It looked a near certainty that Kanu would leave if he did not get the contract he wanted, with Pompey unwilling to give him that - but my thinking now is that he will stay. And if he does it will certainly help Utaka settle at the club, which cannot be a bad thing can it.

With the new arrivals I though it would be hard for Kanu to play the 20 games he needs to earn that second year extension, but Redknapp is convinced that he will and still wants him to stay - honestly, do you?


Date:Thursday July 12 2007
Time: 9:55AM


nugent waited to gove harry an answer because he was hoping for an offer for a bigger club, but when it didnt come he went to portsmouth so he could play in the prem. if he impresses and scores goals this season, and an offer comes in from a bigger club then he'll be off. benni mccarthy at blackburn is the same. has nugent got a release figure in his contract?
12/07/2007 10:19:00
mate this should be about kanu, not nugent altho when in rome - why would that have to be the case? yep, he wanted the everton move but he did not get it - so i would not say he 'was holding out for a bigger club' as everton may have the history but we will be up with them this season... this is not something that usually happens with pompey, so i would not expect a release clause - nor would i epxect him to leave after a season. he will be here for the full contract at least...
12/07/2007 10:30:00
I hope kanu stays - he'll help make Utaka and Nugent better playors - and for that we only need him for a year...very mercinary :) But Harry is right, he can come on and change a game - just look what he did agaisnt blackburn last season (opening game, had been at the club 2 days, and nearly got a hatrick off the bench!)
12/07/2007 10:33:00
and Nugent will be here when we play champions league football too!
12/07/2007 10:34:00
Is there a sell on % clause for PNE. They all want to play for the top 4. If Arsenal can't hang onto Henry what hope do we have. When a player wants to go he goes. We have gained with James & Sol.
12/07/2007 10:37:00
Although i'm probably in the minority on here i think Kanu was a great signing for us, i know the goals dried up, but he has a lot more to his game than that. i hope he stays on, i think he probably will as he does seem to have a lot off good things to say about the club, if only in private. I can understand a player of his age trying to get the extra security of a longer contract, and i can understand the clubs position as well, someone has to give a little and in light of yesterdays signings i think Kanu will realise it has to be him. Despite lots of Paper talk nobody else has made him an offer as yet.
Steve C
12/07/2007 10:42:00
Under OUR terms I always wanted Kanu to stay. His potential and availability for a year has got to be worth his salary. Plus the JU aspect. Hope he stays for a year.
12/07/2007 10:54:00
I reckon Kanu will stay; he's got his mate here now, and he knows the fans like him after the surprising number of games and goals he chipped in with last season.
12/07/2007 10:57:00
just thought i would mention this...Harry said that every club should have 4 strikers, at the moment, we have Nugent, Utaka, Benji, Lualua, Cole (is he still here), and kanu will probably sign. harry also said that he wanted either ANOTHER strikier, or a wide man - this is looking like we will have 7 strikers next season!!!
12/07/2007 11:46:00
We all want a happy Kanu who wants to be here. will give so much on & off the field. All providing he wants to die for the cause.
12/07/2007 12:26:00
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