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Tuesday 02 Sep 2008 00:03:00
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In the end, it was all rather uneventful. While one or two clubs spent big, Pompey didn't - recruiting just two fairly low-key players on loan on transfer deadline.

But the fact the Blues sold no-one - especially that they didn't sell Lassana Diarra, despite late interest from Spurs - meant that transfer deadline day wasn't a bad one for the Blues.

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The only player leaving Fratton was Martin Cranie, who has joined Linvoy Primus on loan at Charlton. And that was no surprise.

In the past, Pompey have tended to dive in head-first in the final hours of transfer windows.

Their buys have ranged from the very good to the totally useless, but rarely have they kept their chequebook in their pockets like they did this time.

It means their senior summer recruits total Glen Little, Peter Crouch, Younes Kaboul and Jerome Thomas, plus Ben Sahar and Armand Traore on loan, while going in the other direction were Sulley Muntari and Pedro Mendes.

The surprising thing, perhaps, is that none of the fringe men Pompey had said they needed to get rid of - the likes of David Nugent and Djimi Traore - has gone.

The upshot of that, apart from the fact that the wage bill is probably still higher than Sacha Gaydamak would like, is that Pompet actually have a decent-sized squad to move forward with as they attack the season on four fronts.

Elsewhere, the big moves saw Dimitar Berbatov's tiresome transfer saga end with him tying up his £30m move to Manchester United, while their neighbours at Eastlands - newly taken-over by the Abu Dhabi Group - splashed even more cash, about £32m, to snatch Robinho from under Chelsea's noses.

Pompey will likely be up against the Brazilian in only his second Premier League appearance - they go to the City of Manchester Stadium on September 21. His first game, incidentally, is against Chelsea.

That Pompey will go into that game, and all the others on the fixture list, with Diarra, with Sean Davis and with all the others who were touted for moves, still available to them, means a quiet transfer deadline day doesn't, in this case, equal a bad one.

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