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Bordeaux Sounded Out Kaboul Availability

French champions Bordeaux discreetly enquired about the availability of Pompey defender Younes Kaboul this summer, but were put off by his 8 million euro price tag. According to France Football, Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc saw the defender as a possible target, but in the end he signed Michael Ciani from Lorient. Kaboul signed for Pompey from Spurs last summer, but he originally was at Ligue 1 ....


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Piquionne: I've Come To Pompey To Get As Close To The Big Four As Possible

Striker Frederic Piquionne is coming to Portsmouth to get as close to the 'big four' as possible and is looking to make sure his move to Fratton Park becomes a permanent one in 12 months time. Piquionne (30) was revealed as Pompey latest signing when he signed a one-year loan deal from Lyon on Tuesday and he has already set high standards for himself. ''[My ambitions] are to get as close as ....


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Saint Etienne Monitoring Utaka Situation

Reports in France suggest Saint Etienne are monitoring the situation of John Utaka. The Nigeria international can leave Pompey, after a difficult two seasons in which he showed flashes of inspiration, but never with any consistency. However, the club are looking to recoup as much as they can of the 7 million euros they paid Rennes in 2007. The French club have just sold Bafetimbi Gomis to ....


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Pompey 'step Up Bid' To Beat Sunderland To Mensah

Pompey have stepped up their interest in Lyon defender John Mensah and are looking to pip Sunderland to his signature. The 26-year-old Ghana international has apparently told friends that Portsmouth have been talking further with Lyon over his position according to ghanasoccernet.com. Mensah has had a troubled time at Lyon since his transfer from Rennes last summer, with injuries and loss of ....


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Al Fahim Upbeat The Takeover Will Happen And It Could Be Tomorrow...

Sulaiman Al Fahim remains 'positive' that his takoever of the club will take place and Peter Storrie, the club's Chief Executive says it could be sooner rather than later. However, there are still some issues to be resolved on the deal, although its principles have already been agreed and there is no clear timescale for its resolution. The sister site of truebluearmy.com, pompey-fans.com, ....


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Bolton Set To Try To Nick M'bami

Modeste M'Bami could end up at Bolton unless Pompey hurry up and make him an offer according to reports in France. The Cameroon international has been training with Pompey for three weeks and is expected to be offered a two-year deal. However, L'Equipe reports that Bolton are interested in the player who is becoming increasingly irritated at the fact his deal hasn't been completed. Article ....


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Pompey Closing In On Zaki, M'bami And Viduka And More Are Set To Arrive

Pompey are closing in on several targets in the transfer market, as some hectic activity is expected in the next few days. Striker Mark Viduka and midfielder Modeste M'Bami are thought to be on the verge of agreeing deals at the club, with Amr Zaki of Egyptian club El Zamalek thought to be close behind. Australia international Viduka (33) is out of contract after playing at Newcastle and M'Bami ....


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Piquionne And M'bami 'set To Sign Soon'

Pompey are hoping to tie up two deals on Tuesday to bolster the squad. Frederic Piquionne, the Lyon striker, is expected in Portsmouth to sign a one-year loan deal, while midfielder Modeste M'Bami is thought to be close to signing a tw-year deal after a successful trial. Reports in France claim both deals should happen in the near future. L'Equipe claims that Pompey and Lyon agreed the terms ....


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Kalinic Going To Blackburn In 7.5 Million Euro Deal - Hadjuk Os

Nikola Kalinic is to join Blackburn Rovers according to his Croatian club's website. The 21-year-old striker had been close to joining Pompey last week, but the deal fell apart in a row over its terms. He is has now signed a four-year deal with Rovers. Rovers stepped in and, according to the Hadjuk Split official site, have agreed to sign the player for 7 million euros, paying half of the fee ....


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It's All Academic, As Mensah Is Linked With Pompey

Reports in France suggest that defender John Mensah has been offered to Pompey on loan by Lyon and Sunderland and Real Zaragoza are also in the hunt. Pompey are expected to sign his team mate Frederic Piquionne this week - the player was left out of Lyon's squad for their final friendly on Sunday - but Mensah is also surplus to requirements. Two season ago Pompey were linked with the player, ....


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Al Fahim Reassures Fans Over Takeover Fears

Pompey Chairman Sulaiman Al Fahim has insisted he wil complete his takeover of the club despite suggestions in the British press over the weekend he might yet pull out. The Sunday Telegraph was most prominent, claiming that papers about the source of funding of the club had yet to be lodged at the Premier League, even though the club has yet to be officially taken over. Al Fahim moved to ....


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Pompey And Blackburn Set For A Transfer Tear Up?

Pompey and Blackburn seem to be getting involved in a right old transfer tear up if reports in the Sunday tabloids are to be believed. Not only are Rovers and Pompey seemingly going head-to-head to try to persuade Nikola Kalinic that his future best lies in the north/south (delete as applicable), but Benjani the Manchester City striker is also on both clubs' radar. Rovers certainly seem to have ....


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Pompey Expected To Offer Deals To Two Trialists

Modeste M'Bami is expected to be offered a two-year deal at Fratton Park, while Fabrice Pancrate will get a one-year deal according to reports in France. Cameroon international defensive midfielder M'Bami (26) played in Friday night's 2-0 defeat to Guimaraes and has impressed in his trial period. He was released by Marseille at the end of last season and is a free agent. Pancrate (29) is a ....


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Piquionne Due To Sign For Pompey On Tuesday

Frederic Piquionne is expected to sign for Pompey on Tuesday according to reports in France. According to L'Equipe, Pompey and Lyon have agreed a one-year loan deal valued at 500,000 euros with an option to buy for around 4.5 million euros. Piquionne will be paid around 200,000 euros per month. Piquionne has had a troubled time at Lyon since his move there from Monaco. The 30-year-old is under ....


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Pompey Prepare To Reveal Three New Faces With More To Come ... And Go

Pompey plan to make Tal Ben Haim, Hassan Yebda and Nicky Shorey their first three signings of the day as the transfer window draws to a close at 5pm on Tuesday, but there are other ins and outs in the offing too. Yebda was announced on Monday by the Benfica official website as being a done deal and Ben Haim has been in talks with the club all day Monday and it is understood he has agreed to ....


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Zaki Loan Deal Fee Agreed?

Pompey have agreed a loan fee with El Zamalek for Egyptian striker Amr Zaki according to Quay Radio. The 26-year-old played for Wigan last season and scored 10 goals, but latterly fell out with then Wigan boss Steve Bruce after he failed to return in good time from international duty. As a result, Wigan decided not to take up their option to buy the player, but Pompey are ....


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Blackburn Win Race To Sign Kalinic: Report

Nikola Kalinic is due to sign for Blackburn rather than Pompey according to reports in the Croatian media. The Hadjuk Split and Croatia international striker had been set to sign for Pompey last weekend, but it seems the deal was delayed and allowed Rovers to step in. The player is thought to have agreed terms and passed a medical. Kalinic's agent Tomislav Erceg explained what happened after he ....


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It's Between Pompey And Blackburn For Kalinic: Report

Nikola Kalinic is choosing between Pompey and Blackburn according to reports from Croatia and a decision is likely to be made in the next day or so. The international striker (21) had been seemingly set for Fratton Park earlier this week, but the transfer 'collapsed' amid reports of Pompey renaging on their offer to Kalinic's club Hadjuk Split and the player's agent suddenly demanding more ....


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Trofeo 09: Pompey Step Up Pre-season Preparations

Pompey step up their pre-season preparations on Friday evening when they play the first match of the triangular Trofeo 09 in Guimaraes. Their opponents will be Vitoria Sport Club, the team Pompey knocked out of the UEFA Cup last season. Pompey were invited to take part in the competition in part because of the good relations the two clubs engendered during the tie. Pompey will be bolstered by ....


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Video: Pompey Negotiating For Lyon Striker Piquionne

Pompey are negotiating with Lyon to sign striker Fred Piquionne, according to reports in France. The French club are looking to offload some players after they completed the signing of another reported Pompey target Befetimbi Gomis yesterday and according to L'Equipe, Pompey are interested in a loan deal with a n option to buy. Piquionne is 30-years-old and the Sporting Director at Lyon, ....


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International Moment Of Truth May Be Upon Kaboul

Pompey defender Younes Kaboul has been called up by Morocco for their forthcoming friendly with Congo on August 12. Although born in France and despite the fact he has capatained the French Under 21 team, Kaboul is considering switching his international allegience to the country of his family roots. And the call up for the 35-man squad might force his hand. Article continues ....


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Pompey Miss Out On Another Striker Target

Pompey striker target Bafetimbi Gomis is expected to join Lyon today in a 15 million euro deal, dashing the club's hopes of signing the France international. Gomis had been linked with a move to Fratton Park. The news marks another frustrating episode as Pompey look to reinforce their squad, which flew to Portugal on Wednesday without having recruited Nikola Kalinic, the Croatia striker, after ....


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Could There Yet Be A Twist In The On-off Kalinic Saga?

Confusion reigns over the status of Nikola Kalinic's transfer to Pompey. On Wednesday afternoon it looked like the deal had collapsed completely, although the reason for this were not clear. However, some sources apparently close to the deal in Croatia still maintain the imbroglio could be sorted out on Thursday and the Croatia international might yet sign. The two schools of thought over the ....


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Kalinic's Transfer To Pompey Falls Through Over Agent's Fees: Report

Pompey's move for Hadjuk Split striker Nikola Kalinic looks to have fallen through after the club couldn't agree terms with the player's agent over his cut of the deal. The 21-year-old Croatia international had looked set to sign for Pompey after he flew to England on Tuesday to take his medical. But late on Wednesday reports in Croatia suggest now agreement has been not been reached between ....


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Video: Pompey Could Be About To Mind The Gakpe

Pompey are stepping up their bid to strengthen the squad by reportedly offering a year-long loan deal to Monaco midfielder Serge Gakpe. According to the Mirror the 22-year-old is wanted by Paul Hart on a year-long loan. Predominently right-sided, he has lost his way a little of late, making just 13 appearancves last season. Under contract until 2011, as a youngster has attracted interest ....


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