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Pompey back in for Anelka?

Pompey back in for Anelka?

Harry Redknapp tired unsuccessfully to bring striker Nicolas Anelka to Pompey last summer - although at one point it looked as though we could have pulled it off.

Now the Daily Mail is claiming that Redknapp is to revive his interest in the French international as Yakubu - who seems to be the number one target - is being heavily targeted by Everton, who saw an apparent £10m bid rejected, but they will be back with an improved bid and could spend a combined £22m to sign him as well as former Pompey loanee Manuel Fernandes.

It is said that Anelka has a £9m 'release clause' in his Bolton contract, so Redknapp will allegedly try to activate this?

If this could have any truth in it at all then Anelka would fit the vacant No.9 shirt very nicely, although his temperament and commitment to a cause have often come into question - however his quality cannot, can it.

Pompey need another striker, simply as but Jermain Defoe will not sign, well not in this transfer window anyway, Yakubu appears 'too pricey', things with Freddie Kanoute seem to have gone quiet again so if there is a genuine £9m release clause in Anelka's contract I cannot see any reason why Pompey would not be willing to play that - my only reservations are temperament and commitment issues previously mentioned.


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Date:Sunday August 12 2007
Time: 9:07AM


i agree, he is a quality playor, who would hopefully get us the goals we need, but how long would he stay with us, before wanting to move on? If we could get him for £9 million, then it would be worth it, but would he join us? - bolton are in erope, and we are not.
12/08/2007 09:15:00
Carpet - Thats the onlt thing with a guy like Anelka, your prob loking at one season before he jumps ship, and you gotta finish in the top 4 to stop him! Good luck
12/08/2007 09:29:00
oh, and having watched highlights from the man city - west ham game, i am even more upset about having lost giovanni - he was one of the best playors on the pitch!!!!
12/08/2007 09:31:00
yep, bolton are in europe but they are in for a hell of a long season i reckon and if they lose anelka i really think they might find the going to tough to handle... there was talk of arsenal coming back in for anelka but in all reality they probably wouldnt, chelski nor united would either, liverpool have also been there before so wouldnt go back again and dont need to - if 'arry pushed it hard enough he could get him i reckon. tie him down to a contract then even if he did want to go unless we got what we wanted what could he do, so long as he is playing and we have good players - as we do - i think he could be happy here? with his goals we would have a better chance of europe too, he's got to be about 28 by now, so we could get the best few years left in him.
12/08/2007 10:01:00
i texted russ after the game to say that i had seen geovanni had scored, he almost got a 2nd too didnt he... its only 1 game tho.
12/08/2007 10:03:00
Yep the club really f0cked up letting Geovanni go, just like D'Allesandro, Storrie and his arrogance. Not to mention LuaLua also, ( although now we know why) sometimes i wonder if our club staff we will ever learn. As for le sulk, well it seems to me the club have got themselves into a real mess regards strikers now, we will not make the top 4, Sulk knows this so he will score a few goals then but dont expect to see tackling back as for team spirit he'll contribute nothing, he is not one of TA's defence from the front types. Many say the p[roblem is not le sulk it is his agent brother but get us 20 goals and we will forgive all.
12/08/2007 10:36:00
rug, apparently we cant afford 8 mill for a striker and still get those additional "quality players" Sol says we need and HR says we will get. I am now confused as to how we cant afford 8 but can now afford 9 mill to get said quality players. Those of us who are unfamilliar with pompey might sense a hint of panic at the club.
12/08/2007 10:43:00
who said that we couldn't afford 8 million for a striker? A strkier is what we need, a striker is what we have left space in the squad numbes for, and i am confident a striker is what we will get. The only problem with this, is that it still leaves the left back position relativly open, unless matty pulls back to left back, with spiderman in front of him? and our defencs isnt getting any younger...but then, maybe these could come next season...we arnt in THAT desperate need, and there is no requirment to become a top 4 side over the summer...
12/08/2007 10:50:00
So we get rid of one ego and are trying to replace it with possibly the the most over inflated ego in the about bad news. Anelka must be one of the richest men iin footie with all those sign on fees!!!!...He won't come to us, we're even smaller than Bolton in his eyes, we're not even in europe, and as he's stated manytimes he 'dosen't play for small clubs'
12/08/2007 11:02:00
As for Giovanni, We must be mugs letting him go. From what i saw he looked sharp and was playing for fun.
12/08/2007 11:03:00
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