Deadline days ain't what they used to be for Pompey fans
By Site reporter
Monday 30 Aug 2010 21:45:00
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A few seasons ago, Pompey would wake on transfer deadline day with a keen sense of anticipation, wondering which big names might make a dramatic 11th-hour dash to Fratton Park to sign.

These days it’s a sense of dread which comes with the last day of the window being opened – and this year that’s probably truer than ever, with the vultures circling for a number of the few players we have left. Marc Wilson seems certain to go – and he may not be alone. Let’s hope a few bodies, whoever they are, come in the other direction.


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Steve Cotterill has confirmed Wilson is on the verge of joining Stoke, but he is at least confident Dave Kitson and Liam Lawrence will move in the opposite direction.

Pompey have agreed a fee with the Potters, believed to be around £2.5m, with Kitson and Lawrence included in a deal many fans seem to think is a good bit of business.

‘The deal has been agreed with Stoke,’ said Cotterill. ‘Marc has more or less agreed terms up there and we are very close with getting one across the line but the other one still has a little way to travel.

‘That is just down to logistics. We have spoken to one of them but the other one was a day later. It is harder for us to get two players across the line than it is for Stoke to get one.’

Other contenders for the exit door include Tommy Smith, who is being monitored by QPR and Rangers, John Utaka, Aaron Mokoena and even David Nugent, who is reportedly wanted by Blackpool.

The reality on deadline is that only a fraction of the deals reported as being likely to go through actually happen. Pompey fans must hope that’s the case in terms of their potential departees – while Cotterill can put a couple of rabbits out of hats, even if it is on the understanding they go back in their respective hats at the end of the season.

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