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Harry On Trail Of Young Gunner

Pompey are hoping to bring Lassana Diarra to Fratton Park after Harry Redknapp failed to seal a loan deal for an unnamed Spurs midfielder.   Newcastle are also on the trail Arsenal's former Chelsea midfielder Diarra but have yet to table a bid for the 22-year-old. Tottenham had a £4m bid rejected last week. Diarra joined Arsenal last summer but has made only eight starts in the first team. A move for Diarra comes ....

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Can Swiss Buy Roll Straight Into Squad?

Pompey's first transfer window signing might not be as far away from the first team as some think. The Blues have snapped up 18-year-old Swiss striker Danijel Subotic from Basle for an undisclosed 'compensation' fee. Harry Redknapp immediately described the teenager as one for the future - but the fact remains he comes straight in as third-choice striker behind Benjani Mwaruwari and David Nugent. With Kanu and John Utaka now with their countries and unavailable to Pompey until their ....

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Pompey Out To Check Pilgrims' Progress

POMPEY will host Plymouth in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Hawks will visit Liverpool or Luton if they beat Swansea. Surprisingly, Pompey and the Pilgrims have never met in the FA Cup despite playing each other 50 times. Their last meeting of any kind was in the League Cup in 1998, when Pompey won a first-round two-legged affair 6-3.  Pompey are rated at 28/1 to win the Cup. The Hawks will be off to Anfield if they can beat Swansea in their replay on Wednesday week - ....

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Window's Opening, It's Getting Hotter

HARRY REDKNAPP is talking only about loan signings during the January window to cover the departing African players. But that hasn't stopped the rumour mill linking the Blues with just about every player under the sun who's available, plus a few who are not. Leroy Lita's name is one that refuses to go away. The Reading winger would give Harry Redknapp another wide option - something he will be desperate for while John Utaka is away at the African Cup of Nations - and the player has ....

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Road To Recovery Is A Long One

LINVOY PRIMUS has revealed how he is delcately treading along the path to playing for Pompey again after a seemingly-successful operation on his troublesome knee. The defender appears unlikely to play again this season but he has spoken of his determination to return to full fitness and silence the doubters who have been wandering if his top-level football days are now behind him. Primus had the op in November under the knife of US knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman, who has performed ....

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Strikers Needed - But Which Ones?

BOBBY ZAMORA. Jermain Defoe. Nicola Zigic (left). In the least surprising move of the run-up to the transfer window, Pompey are linked with a bunch of strikers who might score them a goal or two. Zamora is a relatively-new name on the block, but it's the sort of deal you could see Harry Redknapp going for. Zamora is currently some way down the pecking order at West Ham, behind ther likes of Carlton Cole and Dean Ashton, and might fancy a change of scenery. He might have struggled at Spurs but ....

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Jamo's Top-four Challenge To Blues

POMPEY might have been happy with a point out of their Boxing Day game with Arsenal - but in five years' time, they ought to be up there in the top four with them. So says David James, whose view is that if the Blues can be top-four material 10 years after winning promotion, they'd have plenty to be pleased about. The Pompey and England keeper has spoken of how expecations are rising raidly around Fratton Park after a ninth-placed finish last season and another good first half of the season ....

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Taylor: Let\'s Swarm Gunners

MATT TAYLOR reckons Pompey need to swarm Arsenal from the kick-off as they try to get their form back on track when the leaders visit Fratton Park on Boxing day evening. Taylor, who will be hoping for a role against Arsene Wenger\'s team after two straight defeats for the Blues, insists his team have not lost their self-belief through having failed to score in four successive home games. Taylor told Setanta Sports: \'Obviously the defeat to Spurs was a major disappointment and we\'re not ....

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Euro Duo Interest Pompey

A SPANISH midfielder and a France under-21 international are among the latest names to emerge as potential January recruits - on loan or otherwise - for Harry Redknapp. But reports of a possible bid for another French youngster have been shot down. Pompey and Everton are both being linked with Spain international David Albelda, a midfielder who is unwanted at Valencia. Boss Ronald Koeman has left the 30-year-old out of his squad for the final two games before the winter break in La ....

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Sol Sparks Debate On Crowd Abuse

Pompey skipper Sol Campbell has kick-started a national debate about the verbal abuse players have to put up with. He has claimed peraonal comments aimed at players from the stands were now 'out of hand and called for action from the game's authorities to tackle the problem. But is it any worse now than it always has been? And how do you draw a line between what is and is not acceptable? Campbell, who has suffered personal abuse at the hands of West Ham and Spurs fans in recent weeks, feels ....

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Fratton Defender Gets Top Honour

HERMANN HREIDARSSON has won a top honour in his native Iceland as he preapres to return to Pompeyy's left-back slot at Liverpool on Saturday. The defender has been named one of Iceland's footballers of the year - for the third time. Hreidarsson, who joined Pompey from Charlton in the summer and has been a hit at Fratton so far, and Valur Reykjavík striker Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir have been voted Iceland's footballers of the year in a double triumph for the ....

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Loans Likely - Spending Not?

Harry Redknapp insists he will rely on loan signings and not permanent ones to boost his squad next month. He says he has not held talks with club owner Sacha Gaydamak over possible funds for new purchases, but doesn't expect to spend. He does say he is likley to sit down with Gaydamak to talk over a strategy for the rest of the season. Pompey are keen to boost a squad which, with Noe Pamarot now nursing a hamstring injury, Redknapp says will contain just 13 outfield players ....

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Primus's Promise: I'll Be Back

LINVOY PRIMUS is refusing to rush his recovery from major knee surgery - but is promising fans: You'll see me playing again. The seriousness of the popular defender's knee injury, which has now seen him undergo surgery twice in the past seven months, had raised questions over his whole future in the game. But unsurprisingly, the London-born Fratton favourite is adamant his recovery is going to plan and he hopes to be playing again before the end of the season. He might face a ....

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Bouba Diopís Got The Lot: Utaka

Papa Bouba Diop has a crucial part to play in Pompey’s success according to John Utaka. Pompey’s Nigerian striker used to play with Diop at Lens and was delighted when he arrived at Fratton in August from Fulham on deadline day. ‘When I played with him at Lens we had a very string defence and a good goalkeeper. He was in the same team as me – I have played with him before so I know his functions. He’s massive,’ Utaka told the Sports Mail. ‘It’s ....

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Xmas Is Make Or Break For Euro Bid: Jordan

Pompey coach Joe Jordan has warned Pompey will have to pick up points over Christmas to keep their bid for a top six place on track.   The win at Aston Villa moved Pompey back to fifth place, although they could slip back a place if Manchester City get something from their clash at Spurs.   However, Jordan is setting the benchmark high in the hectic Christmas period: ‘If we get through Christmas and the New Year period in the same position we are now we will be in a good ....

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