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Expect more Pompey transfer activity

As the summer transfer window enters it final week, if we were not already prepared for further wheeling and dealing from Harry Redknapp then with what he said in a press conference shown on pfcTV after the Chelsea game, then we better brace ourselves.

Most have been saying that they could see 2 or 3 coming in - and Redknapp appears to want at least a couple, as when asked if we would be signing anyone he answered 'I don't know, we're trying to get one or two in, yes.

'If we can get one or two in that will make us better then we will do it.

'We've got a couple of players that we would like to bring to the club. If we can do that it would be good for us'.

However the books need to be balanced, so with arrivals you can never count out departures, so again on the pfcTV video when questioned about players leaving he responded 'I don't know, you never know do you.

'If someone makes an offer that's a good offer, you sell people and then you bring in somebody that you think is better'.

If I could close the transfer window now then personally I would be happy with our lot as it is to be honest but you can never have too many good footballers can you, so as long as these players coming in are improvements on what we already have - which you would expect they will be - then we have to do this.

As far as players going goes, speaking to a friend over the weekend he said that players like Dejan Stefanovic, Noe Pamarot, Richard Duffy and Franck Songo'o would be the players that he would be looking to shift now if we had to.

My own personal thinking is I am not too bothered about Duffy, but as much as I would like Pamarot and Songo'o to stay - as I think that both still have something to offer this club in the coming years - and would also not mind Stefanovic staying, if losing them means we keep people like Matty Taylor and Gary O'Neil in particular then I would accept this.

I still have slight doubts over Taylor but he is not playing like, talking like or acting like a fella that wants to go is he? So I am becoming more hopefully that he will stay.

Another factor that could work in our favour is Gareth Bale looked pretty classy against United for Spurs on Sunday playing on the left of midfield, so I am not sure they even need Taylor now?

Whatever happens though I think we will be in for an interesting last few days of the summer transfer window.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 27 2007

Time: 7:00AM

Your Comments

Problem is, Ruggers, that gOn and Matty are desirable players whereas the others you mentioned are not going to raise much in fees even if a buyer can be found. Unless HR is trying to save a few bob on wages but I hope we don't do our usual nonsense of paying up contracts - what's the point unless there is a compromise on 'payout'.
Et_tu_Pompeii
agree mate, other than the 'getting them off the wage bill' scenario, with all due respect to those players, as you rightly say, they will not generate much cash will they... it depends on if it is a case of letting people go to save wages, or do we have to sell to now buy? tbh i cannot see how we could buy improvments for the likes of matty taylor and gary o'neil for the kind of money - or less - that we would get anyway, so then that means they will be used as 'bait' to sign others, but then we are not - as redknapp says - 'selling people and then you bring in somebody that you think is better'...
pompeyrug
I got a fellin Anelkas comin our way!& thatt for me would b a fantastic signing!!
CharlieChimes
Didnt think much of him till the Bolton game. Having seen him up close, would agree charlie.
pompey4me
They are saying that Anelka expects his 80 grand a week, i dont think we can afford that!! We have to keep Matty and Gary, and their body language suggests that they are happy to be at Fratton. I reckon Defoe and Diop are the players we are trying to secure and maybe one more from abroad.
Owenspompey
lets not bother with Diop, but Owenspompey i know you are a confirmed Defoeist, so you may be intrested to know on the radio at about 6.30 am this morning there was a repeat of a show and people were saying that to restart his England career Jermain needed to leave spurs and join a team like pompey, where there was a work ethic and he is likely to get the majority of starts. Not disagreeing was Ray Clemence who is known to be close to to Defoe's agent. Now makeitup martin samuel of the times has done the same in his article today.
russellm
In regards to Anelka, i sent a text to rug from the Bolton game cos i thought he was class, lots of passing and even tackling back, i was imagining him along side Utaka, Nugent and Benji and it only seemed good news. I often visit the opponents web sites and a couiple of them said he seemed to be playing to impress Pompey. I think it worked but 80k is a lot when nobody has manged to maintain that attitude and work rate going with his as the french national coach calls call it his "special personality".
russellm
i think anelka would be a superb option and a real quality no two ways about it goalscoring striker that would get us 15-20 goals easily - but i cannot see us paying 9m then 80,000 p/w on top of that... diop will add nothing new, i still find it hard to understand why we would want to sign him tbh... i too am a huge defoeist - and have wanted him all summer, so he is prob more likely than anelka, but i still think that even defoe would be more liekly in january as opposed to this week?
pompeyrug
Anelka? Yes but expensive. Defoe? Better option as he is a sounder personality but his work rate is not great. Seems as though he cannot play with Berbatov at Spurs therefore unless he wants to sit on the bench for Spurs and England he must move. I too was pleased to see Bale debut went well and should deflect their attention from Matty. There will be activity this week but who? That is still the question.
eastneydave
defoe doesnt work hard, but i think that mentality would soon change with pompey, if he signed - not that im saying spurs let him get away with it there mind...
pompeyrug
Taylor and O'Neil must stay, Pamarot has not set the world alight but recent injuries have shown we can't afford to let any defenders go, same goes for Stefanovic although to get the best out of him HR needs to play him in the middle not at left back. Duffy i know little about he was bought as one for the future and has yet to get a look in. Songo'o looks like he will become a very good player given the chance, he had a good preseason, looked very good in the Kanu Charity match and i'd like to see him stay. Still like to see us add a bit more depth to the squad to cover for injuries but it's no good getting rid of our better players to do it. Besides Taylor in particular couldn't be replaced as there's nobody better in his position at the moment, well certainly in this country. GON is better in the middle but has made a reasonable job of playing on the right so his versatility is important to the team.
Steve C
Mr. Special Personality Anelka !... a classic description if there ever were one !
Toronto4Pompey
I like Diop, but he'd be off to Ghana in January as well wouldn't he ? Don't think Pamorot should be going anywhere, he's looked pretty decent lately. Dejan is worth more than 1 million pounds of transfer fees so should be sold somewhere else than to cheapo Scotland (no disrespect to him but the time has come). Still think Lita would be the best option if he's available. If not, then think we should wait til the January sales. I really don't think 'arry would get rid of Matty, Gary or the Nuge at this point since he wasn't born yesterday.
Toronto4Pompey
Leroy Lita's name keeps cropping up, and with thier poor result on Saturday would he be ripe for a move? Steve Coppell has the habit of letting unhappy players move on doesnt he? Lita is young and quick and would be another good signing, but it does seem to have gone rather quiet on the transfer front at the moment.
Owenspompey
More liklely to see a lot move on than in. Clear the decks of dead wood for all our sakes.
storagematt
when things go quiet that can often be a good sign tho - that is when things happen... sometimes! so long as it is just dead wood, not good wood going i wont mind.
pompeyrug
I am surprised the Lita rumour has died away, Defoe does not want to come and given his previous statements about pompey not being a big club it would be a bit of a climb down for him and we would to spend the time motivating him. it seems the rumours in the press tomorrow are that the Mancs clubs are after Anelka. So Lita is an option although looking at his stats he is a little wastefull, although what we already have isnt exactly a goal a shot
russellm
Reality check ! - Defoe aint coming, Anelka aint coming, Lita aint coming not even Owen aint coming. Foretting the fourth if an of them were theyd be here by now. A random Brazilian I reckon .. name of Dudu and then a striker (maybe Defoe) in January.
Chix
we will see mate :)
pompeyrug
Chix dont get angry mate, we have to believe that we will get one of our targets, as we know Pompey always get busy in deadline week. However add Adriano to the list, and Russ you are right i am a Defoeist, i would love to become an Anelkaist and a Henryist, he was on the bench at the weekend wasnt he? Get in there Peter Storrie and promise him first team football!!
Owenspompey
I agree, Chix, they're just not coming. Dudu has an amazing goal ratio so has to be seriously considered
Et_tu_Pompeii
 

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