Date:Friday July 27 2007
Yep, it is true that the transfer market these days is massively over inflated but who is Niall Quinn to single Pompey out, as he also did West Ham, as 'the main culprits' for this?
These are a few things he said in an article published by the BBC 'there's six or seven new owners who are spending money, but are they getting the type of player that the top four want? I don't think so.
'If I was going to spend a fortune on breaking the bank, I would be going after the players Liverpool or Manchester United wanted to sign.
'But, in the middle, people are fighting each other and raising the prices for the same players. You can see it with West Ham and Portsmouth.
'The agents are having an absolute 'beano'. It's like a property market, where estate agents own half the property or, in West Ham's case, it looks like all the property'.
It is true to say that Pompey has been one of the bigger spenders this summer, but have we spent beyond out means, or anymore than we were prepared to? Nope - all players are over priced now, but we have not paid any more than was necessary.
Harry Redknapp is signing the players he wants to sign and is paying the money that Sasha Gaydamak is prepared to pay, investing it within the club on and off the pitch as he sees fit - simple as.
In any case he is hardly one to speak, paying £5m for Michael Chopra and a further £5m plus for Kieran Richardson, not to mention the fact that the club were prepared to pay close to £10m for Craig Gordon is hardly paying, or would be paying nothing for players.
Jealousy can be a horrible thing, maybe he is feeling this after missing out on David Nugent. Either way I think Quinn would be better off keeping his mouth shut and concentrating on what his side are doing and who they are, or are not buying than what anyone else is doing.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday July 27 2007
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