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Benjani moves to Man City

Benjani has successfully come through his medical - as expected - so he has completed his move to Man City, for a fee reported to be £8m plus.

I am absolutely gutted that the fella has left, and I cannot believe this has happened... but it has and in all fairness we have got good money for him, particularly when you think he is 29. His work ethic however will be very hard - maybe impossible - to replace.

I will probably write more about Benjani tomorrow, as the fella deserves this even though we will have to move on and accept it - but at this point this is just clarifying things have gone through regarding his transfer being completed.

I wish Benjani all the best of luck with his new club he will always have a very, very special place in our hearts. I pray that Man City appreciate what a special player they have got and give him the patience that we did - if needed...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 1 2008

Time: 1:07AM

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im pretty sure this is also confirmed now...
pompeyrug
Pompey legend. Never forgotten.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwFR0QnXtMo
stillthewhizz
Gutted, but starting to understand. Bye Benji, I will miss you, all your hard work was very much appreciated.
pompey4me
pretty emotinial tbh fellas that benji has gone... but as said he will never be forgotten...
pompeyrug
ah mate rug i was hoping ud fall asleep so i could have a few more moments believeing he was ours. ah well, we are probably better for it, but in my lifetime anyway, i dont know many more people who have given as much as benji, and i hope we get him at least on loan for one game again in the future!
jbaker
kanu better get his lazy arse into gear tho when he returns!
pompeyrug
haha god does he have to play again?
jbaker
Morning lads (0127 GMT) still no official word from MCFC re Benjani...
Johnny Baguette
dont mean to ***** on anyones fire but nowhere has confirmed benjis move! getting a bit excited here. and pf website says defoes move is last of transfer window. lads this is looking good!
jbaker
and vital spurs says benji deal has collapsed, i dont care if noone esle is online, im staying up til i find out!
jbaker
BREAKING NEWS: Benjani is still a pompey player. you guys must be chuffed but broke. The offside flag will be up alot then:-)
cockeril
Jbaker put on Sky Sports News, they were 1st with the Defoe deal.
cockeril
Defoe has a lot of ability but give me Benji any day, he was worth his place in the team even when he wasn't scoring. Doubt very much that we'd get anything like that work rate out of Defoe, if he has a barren spell and gets left out the team that would be a different story he ups his workrate when it comes to moaning about not being played. To be honest i'm getting sick of football and in particular this transfer window thing & the constant merrygoround of players. Lets go back to the fifties when players were loyal to their club and the club was loyal to them. Goodluck Benji you were a truly great Pompey player for far too short a time, hope it works out for you, i have my doubts that it will for Pompey. Sometimes i wonder whether Harry just has to do a deal for the sake of it rather than because it will improve the squad.
Steve C
1.36 am its not collapsed benji has been sold for double what we paid and we have ```defoe. Harry is a Genius
plymouth graham
Benjani and Defoe now that i think would've worked. Was just beginning to think that Nugent and benji were developing a good understanding too. Oh well **** happens.
Steve C
Plymouth graham put this in your pipe and smoke it! http://www.mcfc.co.uk/default.sps?pagegid={DBD12D53-8346-431D-A04F-5D0F8664DE80}&newsid=528575
cockeril
Check out the above link to the official man City web site, benjani stays!
cockeril
Sorry plymouth graham i don't agree. Give me a good honest hard working player over a prima donna any day.
Steve C
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS I AM SOOOOOOOOO HAPPY. just seen it on official mcfc website. i would put on sky spors news but virgin desnt have it. e had money after all. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
jbaker
your welcome guys! you must be chuffed to bits!
cockeril
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." WHAT A TREMENDOUS STUFF UP - BEST NEWS I'VE HEARD TODAY !
StuartM
cheers cockeril for the lowdown, and up until 1.25 the only place that confirmed benjis departure was here. there will be a lot of happy pompey fans waking up in the morning!
jbaker
I'm Happy Again if the Defoe deal doesn't happen i can live with it, but one grafter and one prima donna might just work out.
Steve C
Sacha's going to get a bigger loan from the bank !
StuartM
this is what dreams are made of. we're going to wembley (defoes cup tied). actually, noone mentioned that. if benji left, then we will have erm.... baros up front and thats it for the preston game. as it is, **** yeah
jbaker
Nugent might be back by then i heard 2 weeks he'd be out for
Steve C
I think Defoe can work for you guys particularly with Kanu and Krankear (spelling) providing the ammo to him. he needs a fresh challenge and some one to put their arm around him. when on form he is as sharp as they come. But be prepared he is not a team player and has no link up play or work rate and is constantly offside. All in all Great when scoring goals when not he is invisible.
cockeril
okay sorry, in which case my bad. but still, taking on the fa cup without ur top scorer isnt a good plan. now, however, we can push forward. as rugs just said, we better get into europe to pay off the money we lost from not letting benji go!
jbaker
well they needed a kick up the back side. Papa on his way home too the squads improving again.
Steve C
well cockeril i dont mind smoking that in my pipe as long as we end up with both players. i cant find any real confirmation that benji has gone so he he must be staying-what a masterstroke Harry to delay the plane like that
plymouth graham
It's probably not true but i'd love to think Benji was deliberately late arriving in Manchester.
Steve C
Let me be the first to say…

Oooh errrr.
stillthewhizz
missus
Steve C
this article says Beji's gone, the next article says he hasn't gone. Has anyone spotted a UFP hovering around? Unidentified Flying Player. We seem to be into the realms of almost science fiction with these stories
frattonaussie
It has been an amazing end to the transfer window, with so many signings going down to the last minute and then Benji not completing the move to MAN C. lol. Why do they always wait until the last minute? Crazy! I think the Benjani thing is good news for you though.
spurjon
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 ... I wonder if there is a period of cooling off where we can say ...whoops sorry we haven't actually got the money now !
Chix
LOL Chix and well done for suggesting yesterday that we might end up with both. Perhaps you had a had in Benji getting lost en route to the stadium?
UKTony
What hilarious news to wake up to! Benjani stays! One in the eye for you City fans! hahaha
Tantona
we screwed over the manc didnt we...
pompeyrug
gaydamark wont be happy harry didnt have a transfer chest to spend and he has gone and spent his money probably on the condition that the moeny form the benjani dela would fund the defoe deal and why is it every few minutes benjani's transfer goes up or down in price?
pompeyboy
Can you believe this, not only do you sign Defoe now you still have Benjani!!
will it ever happen
 

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