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Nugent could be 'sacrificed'

Nugent could be 'sacrificed'

Harry Redknapp has given the clearest indication yet that David Nugent may well be ending his brief spell on the south coast.

It might not mean he will, but with what he tonight told sky sports news after out league cup win, it seems like Nugent could well go after all, 'you need to raise money sometimes, you have to sell people that you're not so keen to sell because you want to get somebody else in.

'It's no secret Derby would like to buy him. His old manager fancies him at Derby, we'll have to wait and see.

'Derby have been in and they would like to sign him, they would like him very much. Billy knows him and if David wants to go... if people want to move then you let them go.

'It's up to David really, I'll have a chat with him and see what his plans are'.

I am absolutely shocked by this news, I cannot believe that after less than two months Pompey would consider selling him, what was the point in signing him in the first place if he is going to be let go already - if indeed he will?

And it does not sound as though Nugent could be the only sacrificial lamb as he also went on to say 'I might have to sacrifice one or two players who people think are good players because I want to improve the team.

'It's not a case of if it's David or someone else. If I have to raise some money to buy a top player, it's who you get an offer for.

'If someone makes an offer you think 'OK, I'll have to do that, because I want to get this player in,' and that's how the business works'.

Maybe this is a knee jerk reaction by me, or it could be a case of putting two and two together but my thinking is we can expect to see Matty Taylor head through the Fratton exit doors to Spurs for sure as well then by the end of this week.

I do not really know what to say, some players have to move on eventually, but some, even if personal difference make things difficult must be kept, Taylor in my honest opinion is one of those that has to be kept.

We will all just have to wait and see now, how quickly jubilation - after our league cup win - turns to sorrow - after this news.


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Date:Tuesday August 28 2007
Time: 11:44PM


Trouble is, there just arent many left footed wide players out there!! Matty displays on the pitch what the fans do off the pitch, never give up! Hope, hope, hope he doesnt go. Cant believe Nugent would be sold just a few weeks after buying him?? As i said in another thread, time to start making replica kits with velcro names/ numbers!!
28/08/2007 23:51:00
Apparently the sun is reporting tomorrow that spuds and chelski are gonna swap Defoe for SWP. My god, getting dizzy with all these merry go rounds!
28/08/2007 23:57:00
Yeh i heard the interview too and it did sound like an exit for Matty. all fairness some weeks back I expressed -and have carried on doing so-my not all together positive feelings about Nugent being good enough, I have little to base this on as he has played little and run around alot.. but we have 3 strikers and Utaka. If Kanu goes missing later in the season,and not just in the ANC that leave two runners but not marksmen.We need Defoe,Crouch or Anelka-Marksmen..and if Matty has to be sacrificed i can live with that as we have Sulley and Krunchie, if its the mighty GoN..i will find that hard too but again i can live that as we have Utaka and Lauren (wide)and Mendes inside. I was talking to my wife earlier telling her i like to stay up late on window deadline day because its like Xmas getting presents and Santa Harry clause appears to hinting at a gig pressie
plymouth graham
29/08/2007 00:06:00
Could never understand why you signed Nugent in the first place, a lot of money for a very ordinary Championship striker. Harry has obviously realised he dropped a right clanger with this one so good luck to him if he can recoup most of the money and give Derby the problem
29/08/2007 00:12:00
Being the first Ive heard of this I am completely gobsmacked. I thought we had money. I understand that books have to be balanced but it just dont add up. Lets say Nuge does go (£5m) and we bring in Anelka (£12m) thats a £7m spend. Only last week we were led to believe we were in for Yak at say (£10m) Does this mean that if Yak had have come back 'somebody' would have to go ? and if its a yes (which it probably is) then who else other than Nugent have we had 'confirmed' interest for - Seems to me a Harry has been wheeling & dealing with Nugent to Derby to fund a move for Anelka or Defoe for longer than we might have thought.
29/08/2007 00:15:00
I couldn't believe it either but seems like Nugent's already gone. Only question remains, who is it that Harry values highly enough to need 6 million. He's quoted on Sky as saying "You need someone in your side who can get you 15 to 20 goals a season, and if you can find somebody like that they're like gold dust. There's only a certain amount of people capable of doing that around. " Question is, who's out there that can do that ? It's not Yakubu, it's (apparently) not Anelka which seems to leave either Defoe or Crouch. If it's Defoe then Matty's gone as well but then why would HR need the money from Nugent ?
29/08/2007 00:19:00
Plymouth g, i wouldnt be so understanding of Matty going, but o think something is going on, he has been on the bench most games so far, Always think a wide left man is better being left footed, Sulley plays very narrow when out on the left, and Krunchy is a class player, but doesnt help his full back out. Lauren doesnt have the pace to play wide right, and Utaka wants to play up front. I thought HR wanted ANOTHER foreward, not one out, one in.
29/08/2007 00:20:00
I don't even wanna think about Taylor going. This is giving me a headache all this merry go round stuff.
29/08/2007 00:20:00
Crouch - How and when did he come into the equation - We are being linked to a few past players - apparently theres a Bulgarian striker at Charlton who we may be interested in !!
29/08/2007 00:24:00
I heard that one today chix, think it was on the Quay radio all day.
29/08/2007 00:28:00
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