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Redknapp plotting saints raid?

Redknapp plotting saints raid?

The news of the world are today claiming that Harry Redknapp is 'plotting a New Year raid on Southampton' looking to sign their midfielder Andrew Surman.

Redknapp should know the fella well enough from his brief 'sabbatical' with our neighbours down the road - and he actually loaned the youngster out to Bournemouth during this spell.

It is claimed that Tony Adams watched the highly regarded 21 year old for the saints again QPR last week.

Surman was born in South Africa, but moved to England when his English parents returned in '95 and the saints soon made him part of their Academy, which giving credit where it is due is quite impressive, but ours should see less of this local talent lost to the red half of Hampshire in the future though.

I have seen a bit of the fella and he looks to have a pretty classy left foot on him - he made his U21 debut for England on Friday, scoring in the 3-0 win over Montenegro - so if Redknapp is prepared to see him the latest to make the switch from red to blue then going by what I have seen then he would not be a bad signing at all.

Clearly, those that hold a really strong grudge against the saints could find it hard to accept him - should he sign - as some have Martin Cranie since his switch, along with others before, but my belief is always - so long as they are good enough and give 100% for Pompey I could not care where they came from. If Redknapp rates Surman that would be good enough for me.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Sunday September 9 2007
Time: 12:22PM

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The boot is now firmly on the other foot if we are going down the road and taking all their good young players. Long may it last!!
eastneydave
09/09/2007 12:26:00
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he does seem a tasty prospect - so if he is good enough and we can get him, sign him up 'arry... yep, they spent far too many yrs getting the cream of the crop, times are changing.
pompeyrug
09/09/2007 12:28:00
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for some reason, its very satisfying seeing southhamptons acadamy producing talent, and then nicking it when it looks like doing well...it just seems that we almost have access to two acadmies now, ours and theres, and we just need to pick the best...that said, it could take a while to accept from some of the more devout pompey fans, but like i say nicking southhamptons young talent can only be good, cant it?
pompeycarpet
09/09/2007 12:41:00
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Too right, how good it is too offer Premiership football to the scummers better players. He is a decent young player and if the turmoil is as bad as rumoured then we could see an exodus of their talent. Young Crainie has done well and had a decent game for the U-21 's the other night.
Owenspompey
09/09/2007 15:35:00
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He is highly rated. Wouldn't come cheap.
storagematt
09/09/2007 15:50:00
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yep, that is a problem isnt it mate - young english talent can be even more expensive than the overseas lot...
pompeyrug
09/09/2007 16:11:00
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that said, why are the rumours about him NOW? - i dont claim to be an expert, but hasnt the transfer window closed?
pompeycarpet
09/09/2007 18:35:00
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I have seen this guy play a number of times - he is an excellent prospect and would be worth the reputed 3.5 million. He is similar to Matty Taylor but possibly less utilitarian and more classy. when you think of the cost of English players it doesn't seem to bad. I would love to see this guy at Fratton.
Et_tu_Pompeii
09/09/2007 18:56:00
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there will be transfer talks even when the transfer window is closed wont there... i dont think we can ever have enough englishmen in our squad so if we can snap him up for £3.5m im pretty sure that 'arry will...
pompeyrug
09/09/2007 19:36:00
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Living in Wiltshire the scummers are one of the biggest recruits of new talent in this area no less than four of my lads club of under 9's have just been signed. Obviously, if he's good enough this year what a dilemma!!!
L L Blue
09/09/2007 21:06:00
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