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Diarra a done deal

Diarra a done deal

I had been told early this morning that the Lassana Diarra deal had all but been completed, with an announcement on his arrival set to be made on Friday, if not before - now sky sports are reporting that a deal has been done.

The 'reports' are that a fee - around £5m - has been agreed with Arsenal, a medical passed and terms agreed so his signing on a 3 and a half year contract will indeed by announced later this week and his debut could come against Derby at Fratton Park this weekend.

This is a fantastic signing and my thinking is that it makes a statement, as many would have thought we were not 'big enough' for him, but once officially confirmed this will prove otherwise - all we need now is a striker to arrive then we will be laughing...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Wednesday January 16 2008
Time: 11:47AM

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Defoe for 8 million?
cockeril
16/01/2008 12:16:00
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Great buy. He has only started 4 times for the Gooners but looked fantastic at Blackburn. I think he will be one HR has to work on controlling but a player in the French national team shows our intent. Yep Rug striker next.
eastneydave
16/01/2008 12:21:00
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Pleased with this one. For all our African muscle, we need a bit a class & hopefully he will provide.
storagematt
16/01/2008 12:25:00
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and who brought it to you first - vital pompey ;-) the place to be... fantastic signing, real improvement in quality and a sign of intent - others will look at this move in a positive way, and it will only benefit us with him playing, but could also help sway more to follow...
pompeyrug
16/01/2008 12:35:00
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I said it on VitalArse, if anyone can change a players attitude it's Harry. It's a brilliant signing and should force the best out of Diop and hopefully release the pressure on Muntari. What it does for the future of Mendes/Davis/Hughes is another matter though…?
stillthewhizz
16/01/2008 13:21:00
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sounds good to me!!! lookin forward to see if he can put pressure on the Africans!..well donee on the exclusitivity Rug! :)
CharlieChimes
16/01/2008 13:26:00
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I little birdy tells me that announcement is being delayed to allow more than one player to be introduced possibly at HRs regular Friday Press Conference.
eastneydave
16/01/2008 13:38:00
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As to the future on Mendes/DAvis/Hughes I think Davis will be fine but I do fear for Mendes a great player with so much time on the ball BUT he has not shown any consistency since his injuries. He is a legend because of that goal and it would be a great shame to lose him. Hughsie? not sure great squad player but he wants to play regular first team football- probably in the Championship at a guess.
eastneydave
16/01/2008 13:41:00
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A great buy by Harry but I've a feeling that he'll have to be playing to be kept motivated and happy.. so which of the regular 'first choice' midfielders is going to move over .. Utaka, Diop, Muntari, Davis, Kranjcar... umm saying it's the end of Hushes and probably/possibility Mendes is one thing ...but where is this guy gonna fit when all are fit ?...
Chix
16/01/2008 14:34:00
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2 different people on Sky Sports Transfer window gossip have both said Defoe has been seen at Pompey. I wonder . . .
tracyc
16/01/2008 14:51:00
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