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Bolton Bonus Can't Lift Pompey Higher

POMPEY got two bonus points at Bolton - but are still heading for a finish in seventh place. That's according to our predicted results for the rest of the season, amended after the weekend's games. It means they are still reliant on Champions League sides winning the Cups if they're to make it into the UEFA Cup. We got five out of seven of Saturday's results right - but after being let down by two games on Sunday, we ended up with only six out of 10 correct outcomes. We'd had Pompey down for ....

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World Cup Is The Dream For Jamo

David James is hoping his form for club and country will earn him a stab at World Cup glory in 2010. He has set his sights on keeping the England place he has won back through a string of consistent and often-outstanding displays for Pompey. James followed up an England recall from Fabio Cappello last week with a man of the match display at the Reebok, where his saves first kept Pompey in the game at 0-0 and then preserved the late lead given them by Lassana Diarra's goal. The No 1 was ....

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Diarra's Double Euro Dream

Lassana Diarra has Europe on his mind - for club and country. The French midfielder is convinced he can help Pompey make it into European competition for the first time, and he hopes to follow that achievement with being part of his nation winning Euro 2008. The 22-year-old has been a revelation since arriving at Fratton three weeks ago following a short stay at Arsenal. Fans have taken to him at once and he was universally named man of the match against his other old team Chelsea, when he ....

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Benji: It Is 7.75m, Say Pompey

Chief executive Peter Storrie has moved to ally fans' fears Pompey have been seen off over Benjani Mwaruwari. The Fratton supremo says the top scorer's sale is for £7.75m - but Pompey won't get all of it until he has played 75 games. Meanwhile, talk of another possible high-profile departure has been played down. The Zimbabwean finally moved to the City of Manchester Stadium on Tuesday afternoon amid continuing talk that Jermain Defoe is still not yet at pompey on a permanent ....

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Benjani Going, Going - But Not Gone

Benjani Mwaruwari will become a Manchester City player on Tuesday. But we're not saying which Tuesday. Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie said on Monday night the deal for the Zimbabwean to go to Eastlands would be completed within 24 hours. He is costing City around £7.5m - slightly more than the sum Pompey are paying Spurs for Jermain Defoe. As for Defoe, he will become a permanent Pompey player on Thursday or Friday - that also came from Storrie on The Quay's Monday football ....

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So Who's Pompey's And Who's Not?

JUST when you thought the mysteries of Pompey's deadline-day deals couldn't get much deeper, they do. Now it's revealed Jermain Defoe - tonight called back into the England squad - is not yet a permanent signing, while Manchester City hint they don't want Benjani after all. The Premier League and FA are expected to rule on who Pompey's top scorer belongs to on Monday. Pompey have admitted Defoe's reported £7.5m move from Spurs to Fratton Park is only a loan deal - but insist a ....

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Benji Misses (planes, Not The Goal)

Manchester City\'s bid to sign Benjani failed at the eleventh hour after he missed two planes to Manchester leaving insufficient time to complete routine checks, said reports today. Despite rushing the 29-year-old to Carrington around 11.10pm last night, there was not enough time to complete the formalities of an £8m switch from the south coast as City refused to be rushed while Pompey waited to complete their own deal to bring Jermain Defoe from Spurs which finally went ....

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Defoe In, Benji Out. Happy?

IT'S 12.30am on February 1, and no-one seems able to confirm Benjani Mwaruwari has joined Manchester City. That in turn measns no confirmation Jermain Defoe is a Pompey player. Don't you just love transfer windows? The Spurs striker was set to join Pompey for a fee somewhere between 8m and 10m - with Benjani moving to Manchester City for something between 6m and 8m. It would appear Harry Redknapp was told he could get Defoe, who he has long courted - but only if he raised most of the cash ....

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What - And Who - Is Up For Sale?

Pompey are not up for sale - but it seems their top scorer might be. The club have dismissed talk of Sacah Gaydamak selling up, but have been tight-lipped so far about talk that Benjani Mwaruwari is having a medical at Manchester City. Late-afternoon reports say Pompey and Spurs have agreed a fee for Jermain Defoe, thought to be around £8m. Pompey were quick to deny claims in The Times and in other outlets that Gaydamak wanted out. A statement from Fratton said: 'The club has moved ....

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Preston Trip Looms In Cup

POMPEY will visit Championship strugglers Preston in the last 16 of the FA Cup. They avoided the big four in this afternoon's draw, which saw Arsenal drawn to visit Manchester United. There seems a good chance Pompey's game could be live on TV, with both BBC and Sky heavily favouring games involving Premiership sides this season. And if you're looking for omens here's a nice one: Pompey have played Preston in the Cup three times before - in 1939, the year they went on to win it, ....

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Baros Ready To Hit Ground Running

Pompey's latest sigining Milan Baros was keen to move back to the Premier League because he knows English football well and will be able to hit the ground running. So says the Czech striker's agent as Baros links up with his new team-mates for training for the first time on Monday morning, hoping to make his debut at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The capture on loan from Lyon for the rest of the season is a timely one for Harry Redknapp, who saw David Nugent ruled out for three to four ....

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Perrin Is Key To Baros Move

ALAIN PERRIN looks like hurrying Milan Baros into deciding quickly whether he wants to go on loan to Pompey. Meanwhile a move for a Scottish-based defender is being talked about. The former Aston Villa striker is at Perrin's club Lyon, and Sky Sports are reporting that Perrin is also facing losing the services of a second striker, Brazilian star Fred. He won't want to lose both, so will want Baros to make up his mind whether he is staying or going before Fred's future is ....

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Which Strikers Are Pompey Checking Out?

EVERYONE'S a bit bored of the transfer window, so let's liven things up with an old favourite: Link a striker with Pompey. Harry Redknapp's assertion that he needs one has got them all playing it - newspapers, agents, websites (not this one; we're merely checking (or Czech-ing) the things that others are reporting...). Names in the frame with 10 days of January to go include Peter Crouc, Bobby Zamora and Milan Baros. Some reports suggest Harry Redknapp is turning his attention to West Ham ....

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He's Pompey Til He Dies

HARRY REDKNAPP reflected on his decision to turn down Newcastle and admitted: I'm Pompey tie I die now!' The statement that suggests he now sees this as his last job in football came as senior players and officials also spoke of the positive effect Redknapp's decision has had on the club. Redknapp's eyebrow-raising words came in his programme notes for the clash with Derby, in which a Benjani Mwaruwari hat-trick got the push for Europe back on track. Pompey lie five points off fourth place ....

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Defender Is Latest Fratton Recruit

HARRY REDKNAPP has made his fourth signing of the transfer window. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that it's a defender and not the striker many hope for. Still, beggars can't be choosers. Lucien Aubey is Pompey’s latest transfer-window recruit. He has joined from French club Lens on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal, though it is subject to international clearance. Pompey's official website ....

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Taylor's Message To Fratton Fans

MATT TAYLOR paid tribute to Pompey's fans as he admitted it was 'difficult' leaving Pompey for Bolton. And he said his experiences in helping Pompey stave off relegation in past seasons would help him keep Bolton safe. Taylor said he was keen on Bolton as soon as he chatted to boss Gary Megson. But he said he would always look back fondly on his time at Fratton. 'Bolton made me feel very welcome, the manager was very welcoming, and the key thing was he wanted me,' ....

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One In; One Out - What Next?

IT'S one in, one out at Fratton Park - and the revolving door won't stop turning there. Matt Taylor has completed hia move to Bolton - which must mean (mustn't it?) that Pompey have a wide man lined up to accompany Lassana Diarra in the arrivals lounge. Matt Taylor has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at the Reebok Stadium after five and a half memorable seasons at Fratton Park. He has become frustrated at his lack of starts this season, with Niko Kranjcar hogging the left ....

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Pompey Closer To Signing Gunner

POMPEY'S repeated claims they will not be spending huge amounts of money in the transfer window do nothing to stop reports linking big names with moves to Fratton - with the latest talk suggesting an Arsenal star is close to agreeing a £5.5m move, an ex-Chelsea forward could be next and a Juventus midfielder is also being sought. Of the three, the first - Lassana Diarra - is the popular choice to be Pompey's next January signing, with the Blues reportedly ahead of Spurs in the race to ....

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Harry Turns Down Toon

Harry Redknapp is staying at Pompey. He has turned down a massive offer to succeed Sam Allardyce as Newcastle manager. He confirmed it on Saturday morning after sleeping on the Magpies' offer and telling chief executive Peter Storrie he would not be leaving. Redknapp was Newcastle's number one choice but after reflecting on it overnight he decided to stay put. He said: 'I had a great offer to manage a fantastic club. It was a terrific opportunity but I had no intentions of wanting to ....

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Move To North-east Saga Takes New Twist

At last! Amid all the ruomur, some fact about the switch from Pompey to the footballing hotbed of north-east England. It's what fans have been crying out for all day - firm information. Now everyone will know where they stand. The only shame is it's nothing to do with Harry Redknapp - it's about possible travel disruption around the Stadium of Light on Sunday. Don't tell us you'd forgotten there was a game being played this weekend? Hardly had a mention all week, has it? Anyway, in all ....

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Harry's Silence Speaks Volumes For Some

SPECULATION is mounting that Harry Redknapp will move to Newcastle. The Magpies have made a formal approach for him - and it seems he is istening hard to what they have to offer him. The News reported that Pompey's manager fuelled speculation of a Fratton departure after failing to attend the club's weekly press conference. The Magpies are desperate to prise the Londoner away from Pompey and have finally made their move after intense speculation. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is ready ....

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Pompey Play Down Toon Talk

POMPEY have moved to pour cold water on mounting speculation that Harry Redknapp could be tempted to become Newcastle boss. The club say they have had no approach from Newcastle - and say rumours about personnel moving mid-season are unhelpful. A statement on www.portsmouthfc.co.uk says: ‘Portsmouth Football Club would like to make a statement following speculation by the press and broadcast media. 'We take it as a compliment that our players and ....

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Harry's Happy - And Staying

We told you last night it was highly unlikely - and it seems we were right. Despite unhelpful rumour that he would be flying to Newcastle today to talk about taking over as their manager, it seems Harry Redknapp has no such plans. Bookies made him favourite for the job the moment Sam Allardyce was sacked on Wednesday afternoon - but Redknapp reckons Alan Shearer should be the one the money is going on. Redknapp said: "I really do not know anything about this. I have not spoken to ....

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Will Harry Fly North To Magpies?

HARRY REDKNAPP to Newcastle? Highly unlikely. Glen Johnson to Old Trafford? Less unlikely, if there is such a phrase, but neverthless don't lose too much sleep over it. Redknapp has been installed by some bookmakers as favourite to take over from Sam Allardyce after his surprise sacking by Newcastle on Wednesday afternoon. He might be Toon's favourite - which wannabee big club wouldn't want a boss with Redknapp's track record in the Premier League - but would he want the job? It's hard to ....

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Pompey Cup Tie Is 'disappointing'

Paul Sturrock says he is disappointed plymouth are not facing a bigger club than Pompey in the next round of the FA Cup. The ex-Southampton manager wanted one of the 'big fish' or a home game.  Plymouth visit Fratton park on Saturday, January 26 for a fourth round tie - the game has, not surprisingly, been snubbed by those planning the live TV games - as Sturrock revisits the ground where his time as St Mary's boss started to unravel back in March 2004. He admitted he would have ....

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