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Papa Bouba Diop Delight

Papa Bouba Diop has been speaking to his www.icons.com website about his arrival to Fratton Park and his strong feeling that Portsmouth have Europe firmly in their sight.

'I was delighted to sign for Portsmouth on Friday and after all the speculation of the past few weeks, I can now get back to playing football and not worry about anything else. After three years at Craven Cottage and having won nothing, I just felt it was time to move on and to experience a new challenge. In my opinion, I feel Portsmouth have the squad and the management to push for honours and I certainly believe we are good enough to be playing European football next season.'

Adding, 'I simply didn't get that feeling at Fulham and with a new manager in place, it was best for all concerned that I move on. I wasn't a part of Lawrie Sanchez's plans - he has brought his own men in, and so it was an easy decision for me in the end.'

'It is only a coincidence, but I must admit that it will be easy for me to settle at Portsmouth with the large number of African players in the ranks. I played with Benjani at Grasshoppers and John Utaka at Lens and I spoke to them about the club and they told me there's a fantastic camaraderie among the players. They also said the fans are amazing, so it will be great to run out at Fratton Park for the first time, soon. At the moment, I'm off to play for the national team (Senegal) against Burkina Faso on Saturday. It's a big game because if we win against our neighbours, then we are through to the African Cup of Nations finals.'

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Date:Wednesday September 5 2007

Time: 3:39PM

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He could be a good singing for you if he pulls his finger out of his ass.
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05/09/2007 16:08:00

Let's hope he stays fit & available to contribute in the middle of the park. Not overally convinced with his last few seasons at Fulham. Not so much the wardrobe, more the sideboard.
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05/09/2007 16:09:00

Will be interesting to see how the wardrobe fits into your setup.
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05/09/2007 16:16:00

He saying exactly what he thinks the fans want to here. I for one are fed up with all our new signings touting the same "I heard the fans are fantastic". If that is a genuine reason, great - just seems an awful lot are saying it. However, as i've said before I think Diop will free up the dirty work Muntari has to do and will form a pretty mean partnership with him.
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05/09/2007 17:09:00

Big strong lad will do a job for us. Just seen details of GON tranfer, only got 2.5m upfront the rest payable on a pay as you play. I wonder if this effected the new striker deal, if we didn't get all the money could this explain why?
L L Blue
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05/09/2007 17:13:00

L L Blue - possibly, although i imagine that it was more the late ness of he transfer rather than the amount that would have scuppered the deal. Diop could be a great signing, helping out the defence on away days, although i havnt really seen him play much. All i can really say is that i hope he looses on saturday ;-)
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05/09/2007 17:20:00

Lets move on from the transfer of Gary O'Neill, he has gone and we have replaced him with Diop, lets give him a chance and alongside Pedro and Sulley he could form a good solid midfield. I remember us doing this when Martin Kuhl went to Derby, he was never the same and regretted leaving us so come on everyone lets look forward to Liverpool and the return of Optimus, Solman and Benjy plus Papa Diop being available.
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05/09/2007 18:39:00

Be good to see Diop in the middle.Mendes has looked below par so far this season, his consistency was always his strength vut he looks a little off pace so far
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05/09/2007 21:46:00

The wardrobe was a legend in the Cottage let's give him a chance in our house!!
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05/09/2007 21:47:00

LL Blue i think we were about 5 million more short than that
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05/09/2007 22:16:00

Of course he is delighted, fulham didnt want him anymore and nobody else was offering, blo0dy sure he is delighted. Just like Andy Cole harry always wanted him so he is here. Ok so he was bought in as " an imposing midfielder and back up to Muntari" but my concern about Diop is he has neither the muscle of Muntari or the class of Pedro. Form is temporary, class is permanent
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05/09/2007 22:23:00

Why is he called the wardrobe??
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05/09/2007 23:50:00

Due to his enormous dimensions !! though I'm not sure which ones.
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06/09/2007 04:02:00

The is called the wardrobe because he has a suitcase on his head!!
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06/09/2007 12:21:00

plymouth graham
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06/09/2007 18:40:00

sorry didnt mean that ..accident not a sectret code for the initiated
plymouth graham
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06/09/2007 18:41:00

Had lunch with some west ham fans today at the boelyn ground, they are definetly not Defoeists, and are worried that the rumour he has discussed january options with Curbishely are true.
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06/09/2007 20:06:00

Who cares if he is the wardrobe, the fireplace or the kitchen sink provided he does the business. Once again lads and lasses lets give the fellow a chance
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06/09/2007 20:36:00

nil desperadum! de facto, bona fide, carpe diem...and for those not initiated, that was a mere lapsus liguae...(and for those that are, you will realise what a useless collection of phrases that was...)
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06/09/2007 22:31:00

ok, sorry, i just heard it obiter dictum, and that was completly random...back on topic (again) - i can see why west ham fans could be worried about curbishly talking to defoe...i mean, i would rather have harry talking to him, nd i would dispair if alan was our boss...i would very much welcome defoe, and i dont honestly care about talking about any of our new boys, so i thought having an attempt at speaking latin would be more intresting...
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06/09/2007 22:35:00

Subtle as ever Dicksy.. LOOOL. :)
Blue is the colour
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06/09/2007 23:00:00

as i have said before tbh i dont think that the diop that we have seen in recent yrs is the kin of player we needed - he is not an improvement on what we have, but i will give the fella a chance - as i have also said... if we can see the diop from 18-24 months ago or so we will have a great player on our hands. 'arry gets the best out of people, so hopefully he can do the same here...
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06/09/2007 23:33:00

Carpet - your latin is quality mate.... but its given me an image in my head I can not get rid of ....... You as Del Boy and Rug as 'Rodders' ........ "Carpe diem Ruggers, carpe blo0dy diem"...
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07/09/2007 01:36:00

fulham guys were sort of glad to see him leave! loaf of poo they called him1
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07/09/2007 19:31:00

Then again Fulham fans were glad to see Kamara, he was as Michael Brown and Volz etc. Its easy to slag players off when they leave,at least we had the grace to praise Gary and Dejan when they chose to leave us.
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07/09/2007 20:33:00


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