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A frantic day ahead...

A frantic day ahead...

Pompey up for sale, players are being linked with moves away, others with moves here - I think despite all the 'hush talk' there is a lot of frantic activity going on behind the scenes at Portsmouth Football Club and we could yet see some movement both way - my early worry is that we might not like what is going out...

Where do I begin?

Well the takeover talk seems genuine enough now - and it would appear that someone, or a group of people will be taking over from Sacha Gaydamak in the not to distant future as he does seem as though he is willing to sell up and move on to pastures new.

Whoever it is, the thought is they have 'plenty' of money available for mass strengthening of the team - without the needed sales to go with it - and funds to make the plans for a stadium and so on possible, provided we get the planning permission?

Now on to transfer talk for today - so far...

Man City appear to be very keen on Benjani by all accounts, and have approached. The fear is - and the information that I have - that he could be sold, as he might well need to be to fund other moves!

Another thought is that almost incredibly Harry Redknapp would let Benjani leave, as he 'might' have to in order to fund a move for Jonas Gutierrez or - another link that has resurfaced today - he will have to sell him to make a last ditch bid for Jermain Defoe.

If Benjani was allowed to leave in order for either to come to Pompey it would be complete and utter madness, and I would say that if he were sold he would be the one that could be 'the straw that broke the camels back' in relation to those 'fans favourites' that have been sold over the months...

Another suggestion is that Lauren plus £5m in cash have, or even will be offered to Real Mallorca for Gutierrez - but that cash could also come from selling Benjani?

The 'frightening talk' is that all deals that 'might happen' today seemingly hinge on us being willing to part with Benjani - we may as well kiss goodbye to this season if we did in my opinion no matter who arrived...

Who knows what will happen today, but hold on tight it could be another turbulent day ahead for Portsmouth Football Club and us - the fans!


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Date:Thursday January 31 2008
Time: 9:32AM


As per my email to you Mr Rug, i dont believe a word of the Sasha stuff, and i extend that to the Benji rumours. Utter rubbish, probably started by a jealous Scummer forum somewhere.
31/01/2008 09:48:00
Never any smoke withoit fire Midge. Benji great as he is, is probably at his peak. That means peak price. As long as we get in better it shouldn't be a problem. £5m is a bit low.
31/01/2008 09:56:00
well Midge ive had no email from you mate so i dont know what you said, all i know is what you have said above... i know you arent having a pop at me - well at least i hope not - but i dont come out with the stuff, i just write about it to see what people think - if it isnt 'believed' or even true only time will tell, but it does seem that sacha is going to sell? i hope to god that benji doesnt go but worry that he will be sold to fund other moves - which personally i would rather leave than sell him tbh.
31/01/2008 10:00:00
please pompey, okay we're playing well, but lets not sell our 3 fan favourites in the space of 6 months. benjani is amazing, we need him, baros didnt seem up to it yesterday, i have no doubt that he will come good, but why buy nugent for 6mil and not play him, then sell our best player for 5mil. ridiculous
31/01/2008 10:31:00
This is Portsmouth Football Club; anything is possible, nothing is improbable, there are no highs which, in an instant cannot become soul destroying lows. In 1898, to paraphrase Douglas Adams, the club was fitted with the infinite improbability drive and it has been guiding Pompey ever since. It's a roller coaster but would you swap it for the boring, turgid, repetitive, ar*se lickingness of Man Ure? I wouldn't. I was cringing at the dribbling commentators, last night, who were unable to find even more super superlatives. Made my toes curl. Give me the dynamic, unpredictable Pompey every time. And if that includes selling players we like then so be it. If it means being owned by Asians or even martians, who cares. if it means a return to the Fizzy Pop Championship then bring it on. All that matters is that we have our club, a real football club, warts and all. Success is a bonus. which I will take if offered but battling for the League Two title is fine too. We are Pompey.
31/01/2008 10:35:00
Hey.....The French news say BENJANI is gone to Manchester City today for over 13M€ (£9M) and Defoe is arriving for 12M€ (£8M)......Say said that at 10h30......Bad or Good news for you???
31/01/2008 10:36:00
31/01/2008 10:41:00
'reports', 'rumours' or 'suggestions' do not mean that 'we will' sell benji tho do they - if we did, and for a poor £5m that would be ridiculous. baros needs games to get fully match fit and back up and running - lets give him say 2 or 3 games to get settled.
31/01/2008 10:47:00
as much as i have wanted defoe it would be bad if we sold benji to get him... besides we wouldnt sell him for £9m and get defoe for £8m would we...
31/01/2008 10:48:00
pompeyrug: The french news say that is done, then i don't know, i don't have more information, but it is normally a really good, really serious site, so i think it is true.
31/01/2008 10:54:00
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