Date: 21st January 2009 at 7:10pm
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Technically, of course Nadir Belhadj was out first signing of the transfer window – but that was always going to happen, so Jermaine Pennant became the first on Tuesday.

Peter Storrie has been off to Spain and Italy trying to thrash out deals and Tony Adams is expecting the loaning of the Liverpool winger to be the first of many, with him believing that we ‘could’ maybe even ‘should’ have another face or two by the weekend – now that would be fantastic!

More than 100 players have been looked at in recent weeks, but that illusive central midfielder is something that we desperately need – and I feel certain that we will get him, or them, by the time the window slams shut on, what, Monday 2nd February at midnight.

Name after name is being ‘linked’, others are being kept very hush, hush.

Edu and Gary O’Neil had been at the top of this list, and deals were close but seem off now – at least until the summer?

Patrick Vieira has been mentioned countless times with his name very prominent again now, but the thought is injury will rule this out, but the summer could, and again maybe would see a deal to bring him in from Inter go through?

Christian Poulsen is being heavily linked, with a move ‘way down the line’ for the Juventus man. He is not thought to want to leave the Italian side, but they are said to want him out – and permanently, not on loan as we are seeking, with £5m being mentioned.

We have all had our say in recent weeks, and I feel these dealings are getting closer – if we have to wait until the last minute, which I still feel we will with some, then so be it, but I am confident that a central midfielder will come in by the weekend, and possibly another by the end of the month, and an extra striker on loan would not go a miss, but that might be a touch greedy!

I am sticking to O’Neil being one of them, I think Boro are closing in on signing Ben Watson, his arrival for me will pave the way for our former captain to return – and I think I would be putting my money on that.

To be fair, and I have knocked Storrie again this month at times, I think that he is working very hard to get players in – we have to do deals that are for the best of Pompey, money wise – transfer fees and wages – and players actually wanting to play for the club and give their all for it wise, and we are getting there!


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