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Expect more Pompey transfer activity

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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Date:Monday August 27 2007
Time: 7:00AM


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'.
27/08/2007 08:41:00
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'...
27/08/2007 08:59:00
I got a fellin Anelkas comin our way!& thatt for me would b a fantastic signing!!
27/08/2007 10:09:00
Didnt think much of him till the Bolton game. Having seen him up close, would agree charlie.
27/08/2007 10:11:00
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.
27/08/2007 10:18:00
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.
27/08/2007 10:44:00
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".
27/08/2007 10:51:00
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?
27/08/2007 10:55:00
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.
27/08/2007 11:16:00
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...
27/08/2007 11:38:00
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