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Beg the Rich to buy Begovic?

Yesterday a dissertation had to take the back foot. A 70 page document was released that shed a tiny bit more light on the inner workings of our beloved football club. Reading was less intriguing, more frustrating as we saw image rights to the likes of Lauren and Utaka owed on top of extortionate fees to agents. Then came the £1m owed to Spurs as a 'sell on fee' for our young Goalkeeping protégé, Asmir Begovic.

This morning Spurs have cleared this up; they negotiated a set price for Kaboul and Begovic and paid upfront. When the Begovic deal fell through, the valuation of Begovic was to be returned to Spurs. Simple. Then the reality hits you. We shouldn't be wondering why we owe Spurs £1m for a player they never signed, we should be asking ourselves what sort of negotiator valued him at only £1m?! I guess cash really is King.

A club such as ours, in financial dire straits, was criticised by many a media outlet and fan when we sold Begovic to Stoke for the modest £3.5m. Pulis praised his Chief Exec for negotiating such a deal. £3.5m for a young, internationally capped, Premier League goalkeeper was a bargain. When Peter Storrie spoke to The Quay that night, he spoke of how he could of put a better deal together in the sale for both players, and boy was he right. My Nan could have come up with something better! For Asmir Begovic, the 'future' of Pompey at one point, was not even sold for £3.5m, as with our fee to Spurs this will amount to a measly £2.5m. Barely enough to cover the loss we made on Williamson from Watford.

From now on, Storrie, Al Fahim, Azougy and Jacobs should only ever say two words when the press ask for their side of the story. Save us the excuses and give them either "No Comment" or "I'm Sorry".

Written by frattonchorus.

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Date:Thursday April 22 2010

Time: 10:17AM

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For the sheer fact that you Pompey fans have really gone through the ringer, I hope you win your big day out in May. This is going to get worse before it gets better.
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22/04/2010 10:50:00

He might have been valued at £100m but Spurs only paid £1m upfront, which is what they (rightly) want back. You can't draw any conclusions from that.
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22/04/2010 11:11:00

We got £4.5m (including an advance from Spurs) for Beg and Spurs are now asking for their advance back = net £3.5m.
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22/04/2010 12:05:00

Can't blame spurs but the criminal Azougy needs getting back and fuglers need getting hold of and made to answer questions. Why did Jacobs resign from them in disgust; what have they sanctioned ?
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22/04/2010 12:10:00

Dream on Russell. I feel the saddest thing about our recent history is that nothing will surface and we'll never know the whole truth.
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22/04/2010 12:36:00

Youve stole £1million from us!!! Forget money you owe for one minute, we gave you £1million upfront for Begovic then you sold him to Stoke! Scandalous! Storrie is a criminal
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22/04/2010 12:41:00

No Yiddo he couldn't stand the thought of going to Spurs.. and Storrie didn't do the deal .. read the article !
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22/04/2010 13:05:00

I do like the thought of nicking a million pounds from spurs. Can we pay off Sol Campbell's image rights with it?
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22/04/2010 15:45:00

HAHA now that's a good idea if i ever heard one..
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22/04/2010 16:46:00

I knew Pompey had big money problems but the sums now being banded around are just insane!!! Storrie should be locked up and the rest of the people who made such a mess. No doubt we will be paid i dont even know how much Pompey owe spurs now im reading we are still owed money on the defoe deal??....its crazy. and even though you cant get europe now i really do hope you lift the cup...good on ya folks :)
only 1 spurs
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22/04/2010 17:38:00

Its complete madness, I tell you, madness. I don't blame Spurs at all - the only query I have is, I understand paying money 'up-front' but surely common sense suggests that's paid when the players sign, not before? Didn't they know what our credit rating is like? Azougy and Jacobs should never be allowed anywhere near any business ever again!
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22/04/2010 18:57:00

For the second time I agree with all you say Tracy.
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22/04/2010 19:43:00


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