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O'Neil set for Boro switch?

O'Neil set for Boro switch?

The News is reporting that Gary O'Neil is closing in on a move to long time admirers Boro.

Since the days when Spineless Steve was the man in charge they have been chasing O'Neil and the reports are that he is believed to be at the club having talks over a reported £5m move.

It is also claimed that Fulham had yesterday offered Papa Bouba Diop plus £2m in cash to take O'Neil to London, but the deal 'stalled' with personal terms not being agreed.

The News also say that David Nugent is highly unlikely to go, nor will Pedro Mendes, as had been rumoured.

I had been worried that both Matty Taylor and Gary O'Neil could be sold, but always thought that Taylor would be the most likely, but maybe that will not be the case after all.

I have rated O'Neil since he was the scrawny chicken legged 16 year old that made his debut against Barnsley all those years ago, fully believing even back then that he could and would go on to play for England, which he has at all level and still will the full side.

Hopefully this is nothing more than just rumour, but it is not looking good fellas and I fear that we could well lose him by the end of the day, if so Boro will get a fantastic footballer and we will lose one of our best, along with part of the clubs heart that will be near on impossible to replace.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday August 31 2007
Time: 1:31PM

Comments

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Would be a real shame if we let him go but I think Kranjcar can fill his place more than adequately. I'm pretty sure if GON goes, Harry will have something spectacular up his sleeve.
stillthewhizz
31/08/2007 13:49:00
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the biggest question is WHY would he go? It could only be for money
Jacky B
31/08/2007 13:52:00
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i hope so mate as it is not just losing him - which someone else can fill in like you say - but also losing part of the clubs heart that will be near on impossible to replace...
pompeyrug
31/08/2007 13:54:00
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nope, o'neil isnt that kind of player - he would only leave if he had no option... if they can offer him the regular football he deserves that is why he would go, he is not a money hunry mercenary like so many others.
pompeyrug
31/08/2007 13:56:00
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Medical confirmed on SSN. I'm a bit worried that Harry sees Johnson coming in as the perfect opportunity to push Lauren up to Right Mid. GON has been a consistent assister to the team. Harry MUST have something up his sleeve.
stillthewhizz
31/08/2007 13:57:00
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Hate to say it, but GON seems to fit in terms of the outbound player. As stillthewhizz says, there are a few options at his spot in midfield these days and you just get the impression that Harry's tactical approach is a lot different now that he has quality throughout the squad. Really hope it falls through though.
Toronto4Pompey
31/08/2007 13:58:00
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I dont think he wanted to go but loss of captaincy, new midfield and HR leaking news of his availability for some while, he probably felt he had no choice. I dont know whome the wonder replacement will be but it needs to be some one a bit special for commercial reasons, Gary O was one of the leading shirt sellers and english tom boot. I guess we now know what jack a storrie meant when he said there will be a departure that the fans wont like.
russellm
31/08/2007 14:00:00
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Big, Big fan of GON and I will be gutted if he leaves more for what he means to the team, I think we will cope without but do we really need too! I have just read on the BBC website (text message sent in) that Del Assandro is at Fratton Park this morning (well according to a security guard) Anyone else heard this?
Sachas_Brother
31/08/2007 14:01:00
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and there was me hoping this unwanted departure would be dejan :) more than alittle miffed at this tbh - but not as miffed as i would be if matty taylor followed him aswell!
pompeyrug
31/08/2007 14:02:00
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i would love d'alessandro back here but would that mean another sacrifice - other than o'neil? it will be the end of an era if o'neil goes...
pompeyrug
31/08/2007 14:04:00
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