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Benjani/Defoe saga rumbles on...

The Benjani out and Jermain Defoe in transfer saga has taken another twist with the emergence that Defoe has only 'technically' signed on loan for the time being...

However it 'should' not be a problem getting the status of the loan of Defoe switched to a permanent - as agreed - transfer as the premier league are said to be, and I quote 'strongly sympathetic' to our current financial position regarding the Benjani situation, which they are looking to push through so both Pompey and City will have the players that it appeared they had arranged to sign on deadline day anyway.

Regarding the Defoe deal, the premier league are also believed to think that we have acted in the best interests of all concerned by firstly arranging the loan, which will become a permanent transfer once the funds are secured - he is registered as a Pompey player though, so whatever happens he is a Pompey player, with the worst case scenario being he is only on loan until the summer when he would then sign when the funds are secured.

Benjani has been quoted as saying he now wants to join City, and Pompey feel this will happen - so it does appear likely that this deal will finally be completed this week, although the price could be renegotiated slightly with it thought a slight knee problem wants them to see the reported £9m fee wrangled down a little.

To clarify, Defoe is a Pompey player, this cannot and will not change - even if it is only a loan until the summer - Benjani looks highly likely to become a Man City player this week after all, but a renegotiated fee looks probable.

This is typical Pompey is it not - things can never be simple can they...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 3 2008

Time: 11:52AM

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Like Hampton Court maze finding your way around this transfer saga. So complicated this but please get it sorted this week Premier League, why did we have to wait over the weekend? Games are played on Saturdays so presumably the PL is open at weekends.
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03/02/2008 12:10:00

clearly these 'fat cats' dont sit behind their desks at the weekend tho do they... its a joke now tho isnt it, we are days after the 'official' closure of the transfer window yet we still do not know fully the score here! it is highly probable that benji will be a city player - possibly tomorrow - and the money transfered to spurs 'officially' too...
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03/02/2008 12:14:00

... I don't want to put a fly in the ointment but... should this be ratified then a certain Mr Paul Jewell is going to kick-off big time... He was refused a player as 'the paperwork' was not completed in time i.e. 12:00 on deadline day a couple of years back... Don't get me wrong I'd rather (albeit with a tear) Benji did go to City so he (and we) can get on with things.. but I'm not so sure it's gonna be as clear cut as stated.. afterall the FA did look at the paper work all day Friday... if it was straightforward it would have already gone through.. wouldn't it ?... But agree that the Defoe end of things will be tied up neatly
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03/02/2008 12:32:00

could be another Robert, Kamara scenario, we thought we owned both of those and didn't
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03/02/2008 12:38:00

One thing is for sure, we have not got the funds to buy Defoe at present. Its a bag of worms, managers have a whole month to sort these things out and yet here we are measuring the minutes to midnight. Has a footballer ever approached an employment tribuneral?
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03/02/2008 12:48:00

007, Wasn't BOSMAN the first to win a case against his employer? or at least win a generalised case on behalf of players being able to leave without a fee being paid at the end of his contract...
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03/02/2008 13:23:00

hopefully, I just bought a defoe shirt!! Imagine if the worst of the worst happens, probably techinically impossible, but defoe is banned from playing, or has to go back to white hart lane, so wats the likelhood of him NOT signing a permanent deal?
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03/02/2008 13:37:00

I think as Rug said in the article the Defoe end of things is just a technicallity so I wouldn't be too worried fellas... The Benjani end of things is where the problem is... I also think it's a bit rich of City wanting to renegotiate the price too ... they shouldn't be allowed to do that as they are taking advantage of the situation..... either he is a city player for the agreed price as at the time of the paperwork submission or not....
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03/02/2008 13:42:00

Nothing ever is what is seems! Let's hope none of this bites us on the bum!
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03/02/2008 15:19:00

ChrisW. Good point,my query is more simple. What if a player still in contract, has pressure applied on him to move. He may not wish to, but what are his choices? Obviously he could sit still, but his life could be an untold misery. I think we can all quote examples, without considering recent events.
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03/02/2008 15:53:00

everyone knew it was going to be his knees, so i suspect the fee will drop by a couple of million or have an appearance clause to trigger further payments. as long as we nail defoe to the floor i dont mind. even a 7m tansfer for a 29 year old who may have ended his career here like toddy with knee issues, to ensure a 7,5 transfer for defoe is still very good business.
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03/02/2008 16:15:00

Should be wrapped up next week with the Defoe deal being finalised as well. I hope.
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03/02/2008 16:32:00

i think that hope will be rgiht whizz - the fee might come down but i do think that benji will still go, probably tomorrow and a 7.5m-9m permanent transfer of defoe will be confirmed... if the worst happens benji will come back but defoe will still sign in the summer - and agreement is in place, so when we have the funds we will pay it... altho i back sacha as i have previously said i think this confirms that he doesnt have the funds that he is meant to have? and again as i keep saying i know the books need balancing and so on, but if we had the money for defoe we wouldnt need to be reliant on benji going would we...
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03/02/2008 16:46:00

007: I believe in the US sportsmans' contracts can be sold without consulting the sportsman concerned - meaning Benjani could have been transferred to Derby without needing his approval - Not so in the UK, so I wonder what protection is offered when a club clearly is trying to push you out... I guess the laywers would say he didn't have to go, but in practice who wants to stay where you are not wanted. It amounts to constructive dismissal surely?
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03/02/2008 19:10:00

interesting current poll - most of your readership want to sell your top scorer!
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03/02/2008 19:25:00

Brilliant poll, merlin.
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03/02/2008 21:26:00

would have been better if the obvious third option was there wouldnt it storagematt..hmm
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03/02/2008 22:23:00

the paul jewell thing is a good point chix, but accoding to 5 live today it all apparently depends on which bits were and were not signed
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03/02/2008 22:24:00

talking about polls fellas - can we get some new ideas forwarded please, im as dry as a bone...
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03/02/2008 23:26:00

Rug - you said it confirms that Sacha doesn't have the money? What about the extremely higher wage bill we're paying this year? I'm pretty sure Diop and Johnson are commanding much more than the player they replaced - O'Neil. Defoe will be on a much greater deal than Benjani was and Diarra's contract is meant to be on another world to what Matt Taylor's was. Add Distin, Baros, Muntari and Utaka's contracts to the list and I can pretty much bet we have one of the high contract billings out of the top 4.
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03/02/2008 23:56:00

granted the wage bill has risen enourmously - and like i keep saying 'the books need balancing' but i was under the impression that if 'arry identified the striker that he wanted, even if it meant a 10m, maybe more outlay - if he was real, real quality, and defoe is that - sacha would pay up no questions asked... ok, so he might have paid up - well eventually... - but it wasnt no questions asked as i was 'led to believe' would be the case was it? it was on a condition that benji went...
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04/02/2008 00:04:00

This gets more and more confusing - I can't believe the FA didn't tie it all up on Friday. And I do have some sympathy for Paul Jewell's position.
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04/02/2008 11:55:00


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