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The final hour...

We are now in the final hour of the transfer window, Jermain Defoe is waiting to become a Pompey player, but this cannot happen until Benjani completes his move to Man City.

Both deals should go through, but it looks as though we could be going down to the wire here... Defoe's paperwork has apparently arrived with the FA, so all has been agreed with him, however Benjani is still to undergo his medical and it could be touch and go.

I would be delighted to see Defoe 'finally' sign, but am devastated that Benjani is leaving - both deals are dependant on the other going through... so one will not happen without the other?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 31 2008

Time: 11:16PM

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and no sign of Spiderman, superman or wonderwoman!
paultsmouth
Nor me, and my mobi has been on all night, thought i was going to be up front with defoe!
pompey4me
not quite done yet rug, the defoe paperwork has arrived at the FA but benjani SKY said 3 mins ago has only just arrived at man city training ground, this is not long enough for a full club insurance medical. The issue is we need to sell benji to raise the cash for defoe but if the benji deal runs out of time, we will have an unhappy player back at the club and so will spurs. After all that chasing it is you would think it unlikely that we would pull out of the Defoe deal but city dont want to be rail roaded by pompey, harrry and sven are not mates, so there is a small chance you may just get your wish of Defoe and Benji, this i think it would be fair to say a very satisfactory outcome.
russellm
as i say tho russ - defoe deal complete, we just need conformation on benji deal - its going to be touch and go... as you say tho we'll have *****ed off players at both sides if all goes belly up...
pompeyrug
Whats the odds on Benjani having already had a medical? Maybe just tying up loose ends
paultsmouth
Or come midnight they'll all turn into pumkins & not so happy ever after.
storagematt
if a fee has been agreed surely they cant be trying to squeeze it down... we should tell them to sod off if thats the case!
pompeyrug
why would beji be ****ed off? as far as im concerned 24 hours ago he was a proud pompey player. and ill be pleased if he is in 24 hours time too.
jbaker
What I find weird is that Defoe agreed terms with us about 21:15. Benji didnt didnt turn up for the apparent medical till 11:10, where was he for that hour and a bit?
dave.jolley81
why would benji be ****ed off? as far as im concerned 24 hours ago he was a proud pompey player. and ill be pleased if he is in 24 hours time too.
jbaker
hear hear
Toronto4Pompey
sorry posted twice
jbaker
How can a club sell its favorit player, its motivator, its running machine, I can say? Im completely shocked. Yes you want to bring your club forward but YOU HAVE to keep the players who are giving their sweat and blood for the club every week and no one represents that more then Benjani at the moment....it is simply a ridiculous decision, very sad moment for portsmouth
bongosamy
when a club accepts and offer for you it shows they will let you go - so clearly they do not want you as much as you thought, so if he has to come back he will be *****ed off that we were happy to sell him - i dont think it will fall through anyway, its like the o'neil thing with boro...
pompeyrug
Oh, Benji has just realised its City and not Utd.......
dave.jolley81
To everyone slagging off Defoe, have a look at Spursvital, they are gutted!
paultsmouth
but weve made it clear he can go... how could he come back? whats the problem with his knees?
pompeyrug
im delighted that defoe is signing - ive been saying since the summer i was 'convinced' he would sign, i think the fella is a goalscorer that will bang 'em on for us, yep he wont be benjani but we need goals...
pompeyrug
agree rug, but as far as i see it benji is professional enough to put his all in whoever he plays for, maybe he'll see that we only sold him for the greater good! this is too nerveracking!
jbaker
But JD will need a supply for them! Who's gonna do all that?
pompey4me
...apparently not spiderman since it seems he's still at majorca
Toronto4Pompey
This medical is worrying me on Benji. No doubt it find something to balls up the deal. I hope not I want this deal to go thru.
storagematt
That Kranjcar looks like a player who can pass a ball, maybe he can supply a few to Jermain?
paultsmouth
less than 3 minutes to go...
pompeyrug
granted that defoe is a good signing, its just whether two striekrs with less than a weeks experience with the rest of the squad can play against teasm like chelsea and be as effective as someone like benji, who has been with us for 18 months...
jbaker
If he beats the first man that is. What i mean paul is the amount of work, closing down, hassling that benji does.
pompey4me
I also dont like the ideas of players being replaced like if it was the most normal thing to do. You come today, you go tomorrow, one milions here another million there, thats b*******t, and at the moment this is becoming a habit with Portsmouth. Look at benjani, he only got better once he started to root in the club and its the same with others, you can think of selling Nugent after 5 months because he played badly or Muntari because he is good etc, a good team yes to can just put together but an excellent team needs to grow and you can see arsemal today you could see ajax yesterday, those players have been together for ages. And now that finally Benji is showing his best but................
bongosamy
...." in the dead of night,,at the scene of a crime...watchout,,,here comes the spiderman...."
Toronto4Pompey
It's a new beginning guys. Time to get over Benjai, sure we all love him but we've got the best out of him and I think we'll be better with Defoe and Baros. Not in a million years did I think we'd have signed either. Benjani is at his peak and WILL NOT continue his rich form with Citeh.
stillthewhizz
yep matt i also want this deal to happen now - that is not to say i ant benji to go... in all honesty if sacha 'really' does have as much money as it is said - despite having to balance the books - why do we need to sell him to sign defoe... i would have rather paid up kanu and got shot and kept benji!
pompeyrug
whose staying on for longer than 12? obviously deals will be announced after 12 that went through before 12, so bbc sport it is...
jbaker
im staying on sky sports for around another hour i reckon mate...
pompeyrug
...it's only 7pm out here....spiderman could still show up couldn't he ?
Toronto4Pompey
im just ****ed off that benji is goin for less than we paid for nugent. WTF is with that?
jbaker
bongo, its the way football is now, loyalty is a thing of the past, if a player is at a club for 2 years he is a veteran
paultsmouth
he's going for 8m tho isnt he?
pompeyrug
Yep, when was the last testimonial you heard of? Dont seem to stay long enough to earn 1 anymore.
pompey4me
OK so the transfer window is closed and the FA give about 30 mins grace for process paperwork to arrive, so not too long to know one way or the other,
russellm
'loyalty' doesnt belong in football anymore!
pompeyrug
Sky reporting the deal is done, bye Benji.
pompey4me
Tata Benji, and thanks
paultsmouth
ah okay i tought the benjani transfer was for 5m, if im wrong, forgive me, but i still think we need players that are used to playing in a certain way...
jbaker
pinch and a punch to all vital
paultsmouth
ive got articles prepared for both players deals - they will go on asap...
pompeyrug
what do you reckon fellas shall i publish what ive already written and be presumtious and publish them?
pompeyrug
I've read reports that City have paid what we have for Defoe, if so, top business
paultsmouth
I think it's done Rug, sky saying just waiting for confirmation.
pompey4me
Cracking goal that Benjani scored against Derby that SSN keep showing. I'll miss his celebration so much but ahhhhh new times people. I can't believe we've got Defoe.

Our best team
James
Johnson
Pamarot/Aubey
Distin
Campbell
Utaka
Kranjcar
Muntari
Diarra
Baros
Defoe

If we can get Utaka back on form and cutting in, Baros fit and Defoe plugging them away we're onto a winner. That looks like a cracking team to me.
stillthewhizz
sky confirm the both deals are done, the paperwork went through just before mid night, so i suppose its a case of the king is dead long live the king, i cant help but think we have made a mistak thinking he can play alongside baros. spurs are only grizzly because they have no cover they even call him lazyD. We arent good enough to carry players, so lets hope someone can change Defoe'sattitudes and make him work a bit, anyway its done he is a pompey player so i hope we will get behind him
russellm
Now they say man city been in touch and the deal hasnt been done yet.....oh my god.....Whiskey!
pompey4me
No russ, they just came back and said my last.
pompey4me
Who is now Portsmouth Talisman?....no one represented Portsmouth as much as Benjani, everybody in this blog is complaining about lazy players not running. Then you have this guy wetting his shirt, runnig like mad every week and thats the guy sold, and now you are talking about how much he has been sold for, come on that cant be the essence of football, im feeling sick, this comes as a shock, I think a serious lign has been crossed, mark my words
bongosamy
net says 6.9m for defoe against 8.6m received for benji
russellm
i cant believe that gudjohsen has"nt been mentioned,what happened to guiterez aswell,that was well documented he wanted to sign,d"allessandro was another who i thought might sneak through the back door
pompeyjas
thats it time for beer loads and loads of beer
russellm
I reported a few weeks ago that D'Alessandro was a definite no. He's back in the Zaragoza side after Aimar's long term injury.
stillthewhizz
i cant see it confirmed anywhere! sky and bbc havent confirmed it yet. and what number will defoe have? can we please revoke baros' number?
jbaker
still at least nuggent has someone to party with in and around portsmouth now defoe is here
pompeyjas
Wot do you mean there jas? Do you see himout a lot then? If so where?
pompey4me
Right, I'm knackered and need to be up at 6, has he bloody well signed or not?
paultsmouth
Nugent is in Liquid a lot.
stillthewhizz
did anyone else notice benji didn"t seem his normal self at united,he did a lot of walking around which is not like him,HE KNEW.
pompeyjas
is danielle lloyd with defoe? hes a bit different to teddy...
jbaker
I'm looking forward to seeing Danielle Lloyd's jubblies down south. The southern wind can do awful things to nipples.
stillthewhizz
nuggent is always out thats why he cant score for pompey,coz he always hits the bar.lol
pompeyjas
wikipedia, that reliable source..., says defoe plays for us
jbaker
They split up I think
paultsmouth
They're on and off jbaker. Before Lloyd he was seeing Charlotte Mears so I'm sure we'll see plenty of wags down south now. Shame the shops aren't good enough for them.
stillthewhizz
dunno theres a good primark in pompey
pompeyjas
or next ( i worked there for a year part time) aaaaaaaaaand bbc reports that defoe deal is 99% done
jbaker
bbc have said its 99% a done deal, good enough for me, night
paultsmouth
the good thing is i think sol and jamo will get defoe pumped up and i think he will hit the ground running,he"s a much better finisher than benjani and he sniffs out chances and shoots on instinct
pompeyjas
night mate - thanks for all you did tonight when i was working :-) yep, defoe is done...
pompeyrug
Time for bed, gone 12.30 up in 6 hours.
storagematt
yep, i hear you mate - i need to go to be too, but i will be staying up for 'a little' longer...
pompeyrug
Me too, too anxious to sleep, sky still saying it's not confirmed, 12.40 am.
pompey4me
i'll give it until around 1ish i reckon - i know i wont sleep until i know the score...
pompeyrug
It's driving me mad, I have to switch off SSN it's like watching paint dry over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over I think you get the message. I'm frazzled.
stillthewhizz
The best thing about living in New Zealand is that it's 1.45pm in the afternoon - still haven't got much work done waiting for the final result - I think it'd be great if Benji's deal is stuffed up and Defoe's goes thru !
StuartM
one wont happen without the other will it...
pompeyrug
well i cant get to sleep untill this is over so im afraid u lot have to stick with me for a while longer. i had no signal in the pub so had to leave to come back home for 11 just for this, we better sign someone or just keep benji. im happy either way!
jbaker
pub..1pm, thought you said you were a schoolkid bakes?
pompey4me
11pm!
pompey4me
bongosamy we all sort of agree with you but it is a business now not a sport. ok so sky confirm and 5 live say that paperwork all sent and just waiting confirmation from league that all is in order, thats good enough for me good night all...its not too long till august...
russellm
yeah it was an end of january modules pub meeting, so lik ehalf the school was 18, so they were all in there! but i know id rather be here talking to u lot...
jbaker
bbc confirms, DEFOE IS IN. nothing on benjani tho...
jbaker
0052: Tottenham's official website has confirmed that Jermain Defoe has joined Portsmouth.
StuartM
Weyhey, delighted JD is ours now.
pompey4me
Defoe Signs For Pompey on the official website: Portsmouth Football Club 01:04
StuartM
incredibly late for a signing, but amazing all the same. does it say his number?
jbaker
Nothing about his number
StuartM
01:39 Manchester City's attempt to sign Portsmouth striker Benjani has fallen through. City spokesman Paul Tyrrell told his club's official website: "Due to the late arrival of the player in Manchester we were unable to complete the transfer."
StuartM
01.39 was the time of chamions (that makes no sense)
jbaker
meant to say champions. and i meant that benjani is staying, so we will wein the fa cup!
jbaker
Rug to say that "loyalty doen't belong in football anymore" is absolute crap. Loyalty belongs everywhere-at home,at work, everywhere.Just because it is rarely shown in football ( The fans at MAN U with Sir Alex are an exception) doesn't mean it shouldn't be there. I'd hate to work with you if loyalty means so little to you.
frattonaussie
Well if only we knew how this was going to pan out.. So Defoe comes to Pompey on the news that Benjani has signed but waking up the following morning.. we find Defoe is a Pompey player and Benjani is Still at Pompey .. We now have Benjani, Defoe, Baros, Kanu, Nugent... Striker problem.. what striker problem !! - will Our Harry play 4-3-3 to keep them all happy ?? - Still can't believe what has happened ... Is this the end of it do you reckon ?
Chix
Apparently clubs can apply for dispensation to extent the deadline 24 hours. What then is the point of a deadline? Has the fat lady started singing yet?
NinjaTim
What a night it has been, and i dont think it's over yet!!
will it ever happen
bongos army dsummed it up. passion.
pompeycarpet
 

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