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Diarra interest hots up

Arsenal have apparently left Lassana Diarra out of their squad that will face Spurs tonight in the league cup, with this being said an 'acceptance' by Arsene Wenger that he will be leaving the club this month.

Pompey are being heavily linked with the French international, along with Newcastle who have already made enquires, but once again the stumbling block for us would appear to be the size of the transfer fee involved...

Arsenal are said to have already rejected a £4m offer from Spurs and are looking for as much as £6m for the midfielder that they paid £2m on deadline day last August. Man City, PSG, Marseille and Lyon are also said to be interested.

I think that we were interested in him during the summer before his move to Arsenal, but unless Sacha Gaydamak will dig deep again, unless Arsenal would be willing to do a loan deal with us then I cannot see how we could get the fella - that is if he would even come here?

Speaking of loans and Arsenal, there has again been some talk in the past 24 hours that Theo Walcott could be loaned to us possibly for the remainder of the season? This is not a move that quite a few would like because of his saints background, but as I have said before I would be more than happy with this as he is a classy footballer.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 9 2008

Time: 11:00AM

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I hope you lot get him. He is a class footballer (though he needs to learn the virtue of patience) and we may as well see the Arsenal retirement village gain another gooner or two!
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09/01/2008 11:29:00

im happy for us to be a retirement village mate - i think kanu has graduated past the retirement village phase tho :-) i would like to see diarra come here but i cant see it tbh, we 'cant afford him' unless wenger will loan him to us...
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09/01/2008 11:57:00

Looks like there might be some mileage in the Diarra link then, we could do a lot worse. I would happily take Walcott, despite the saints background. If he can do a job for us then its no good 'cutting your nose off to spite your face'. Its sad to say but them down the road do produce through their youth system some really talented lads. I know through managing an Under 10 team that Pompey are scouting better and hopefully with our new Accadamy status, we can start producing our own talent and not have to fork out millions to by them in.
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09/01/2008 12:04:00

Yes, I'm afraid it's loans for us. Theo Walcott on loan would be great but again I'm not sure Arsene would go for that.
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09/01/2008 12:07:00

I'm pretty sure we won't pay that kind of money for anyone - so that rules out Diarra, Crouch, Defoe etc etc. I think a Walcott loan would be good for us if we good get him - it would be an interesting competition for places between him and the Nugget. As for the saints link, well we forgave (for the most part) Arry - and Martin Cranie came from there too.
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09/01/2008 13:31:00

the saints links dont concern me in the slightest - once you cross that red line into the blue half so long as you give 100% thats always good enough for me...
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09/01/2008 15:45:00

Diarra yes why not? i think he could be the answer i really see Diarra as a long term replacement for Kanu although in france he was very vocal about wanting to play with one of the big four, but i think there is nothing wrong with a young player being ambitious. The Walcott loan link i am not so sure about not because of the scum link they are neither here nor anything now, in fact for some while i have felt we should move on from the negative about them and talk up being pompey. For me the issue is because it would be just a loan. for virtually every other season before we have built a team around a player then after his loan period expires he bug,ers off and the team shape falls apart. Nope for me we need long term consistency to progress.
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09/01/2008 17:09:00

diarra? yes. walcot? yes - will we get them? no, which would be a shame. to be honest, i feel our...close...relationship with arsnal should surely count for something for walcot, even if he did play for scum...he was young, and probably had no choice - but he did leave at the first oportunity...
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09/01/2008 17:29:00

cant see him joining us, as he isnt really needed. id take him, but i havent really seen him put in a convincing performance for arsenal or chelsea, but he has to be good just to play for both so, who knows?
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09/01/2008 20:14:00

there is always a need for improved quality isnt there - and i would say that he is improved quality... that said we wont get him tho!
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09/01/2008 21:27:00

he is quality, he is young and could play for us for a long time to come so I think he would be a great signing, however we would need to clear up some room for him in the center midfield there
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09/01/2008 22:01:00

young quality player, looking for first team action. our problem, is that we are temporerily down by 3 or 4 midfieldrs at the moment - so we can't promise anyone long term first team action, but we still need them. oh, and no-one is going to loan us any players...
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09/01/2008 22:37:00

cos harry said publicly that we are struggling. WHY HARRY? thats just stupid, cos now noone will loan to us cos they know we will fall down the table. dont tell people ur weaknesses! and prices of players are higher too because we are more desperate!
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09/01/2008 23:10:00

Diarra yes I'd take him on loan and to be honest I'd take him permanently if we had the money ... And with Newcastle sacking Big Sam there's now space to negotiate if Arsenal want shot.. As for Theo I just ain't so sure ...but then if he comes and replaces Utake down the right fot the rest of the season then I'd probably bite my tounge and go for it .. But he won't come anyway...
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10/01/2008 07:30:00

I have no issue with Walcottor any ex scummer as long as they do the business for us. For the dinosaurs who are bothered, grow up a bit. Diarra, too expensive.
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10/01/2008 12:57:00


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