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City want Benjani - but on loan?

City want Benjani - but on loan?

Quite what fee had been 'agreed' between City and Pompey for Benjani is not known - early reports 'claimed' around £9m, with City wanting this renegotiated to £7.6m due to a problem picked up with a knee in his medical, other reports say the fee is £7.6m anyway and they want this lowered even more - but there is yet more of a twist!

The whole transfer saga is dragging on and on now, but it is now being 'claimed' in the latest twist that City want Benjani, but only want him on loan now?

I do not know the full ins and outs of it all, but my own thinking is that we 'apparently' agreed a fee with City, so I would say they either pay that up or we just bring Benjani back and live with the consequences.

It is easy for me to say, but I cannot see how signing Jermain Defoe and having to ultimately keep Benjani could 'damage us beyond repair in our financial stakes'. Worst case scenario would appear - with the 'books being balance' well this season - it would put us £9m - money for Defoe, yep lets tie this deal up I say - and an extra set of wages down, which is not pocket change granted, but why should we now change the terms of the Benjani deal that was agreed?

City did not apply to have him on loan - as we have with Defoe - so the way I see it, if City want him they should pay what was agreed, if not they should be told where to go and lets get Benjani back here!

It has also come to light today that Liverpool 'apparently' have a similar arrangement with West Ham for Javier Mascherano to the one we have with Spurs for Defoe, and this could in theory become a long term scenario for both - loans with a promise to buy...

It was always said that the Defoe deal was dependant on Benjani leaving, but this is not strictly the case, yep it will make more 'financial sense' if this happens is my reading of events, but it is not strictly the be all and end all of things as the current deal stands in the state it is now - which will become permanent, even if we have to wait until the summer, the only problem with waiting until then is he could not play against Spurs...


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Date:Monday February 4 2008
Time: 1:25PM


I was beginning to accept (with heavy heart) that nearly £9m for Benji was good business, especially with it allowing us to get a player of Defoe's quality. But this is not good enough. Why don't we bring Benji back, keep Defoe on loan till the end of the season, and then see if we can sign him properly. After all lengthy contracts mean squat anyway.
04/02/2008 13:59:00
You couldn't make this sort of thing up could you! By saying they want him on loan, are MCFC really saying they don't want him at all?
04/02/2008 14:02:00
I do not know when they will be published, but "The Benji Bungle" A story of a fallen hero and "Nemesis at Newcastle" The untold story, could become best sellers in Pompey bookshops.
04/02/2008 14:14:00
The Harry Years have to be the most fascinating in Premiership history.
04/02/2008 14:17:00
What i don't understand is why the club feel they need to tell us we've signed someone when they're only on loan. This happened with Robert as well.
Steve C
04/02/2008 14:19:00
Because in PFC's eyes, the loan is something that is only to get him in before the transfer. The full move should be tied up this week… but Citeh are fu(king us around.
04/02/2008 14:22:00
It puts 5hity it a bargining place that we don't want but may have to accept. No doubt many more twisty turny bits to come.
04/02/2008 14:32:00
We've signed "x" can cover both permanent and loan moves; after all, you sign someone on loan, don't you? Perhaps the real thing to look for is the "undisclosed fee". Perhaps that's a euphemism for "we don't really know whether this is a long term or short term thing yet"
04/02/2008 14:32:00
what would we gain from loaning benjani? we wouldnt gain any money whatsoever, so it wouldnt go towards the defoe deal, and we would just be losing our second best, if not best striker. harry has said that benjani is still welcome back, so we wouldnt loan him out, as that defeats the point of us reluctantly selling him!
04/02/2008 14:33:00
Honestly, this thing is just getting way out of control. The League has to make a decision, period and stick with it. Every hour that goes by makes them look more assanine. The only relevant question is whether sufficient paperwork was completed, in accordance with the rules, to effect the transfer. All of this talk about loans (at least from City's point of view) is irrelevant. If in fact Defoe is technically only on loan to us, then the club will have to weigh the danger of him ultimately ending up somewhere else if they don't come up with the cash. Simple as that. I'd love to have Benji back as much as the next guy, but we have to move on and so does he.
04/02/2008 14:59:00
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