Date: 19th July 2006 at 7:00pm
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ANELKA IN CHANGE OF HEART?

Having previously dismissed the possibility of a move to Portsmouth it appears that Nicolas Anelka may be willing to change his tune.

Reports claim that a bid in the region of £7.5m-£8.5m has been offered and accepted by the strikers club Fenerbahce, and that preliminary negotiations have also taken place. Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers also said to be in a similar position, although it is said that no formal
approach by either has been made.

French International Anelka makes no secret of his desire to play Champions League Football

”My priority would be to join a club that plays regular Champions League
but I can’t do anything if those clubs don’t want to hire me’ he told L’
Equipe.

But with no suitors coming forward, and the English Champions League playing sides unlikely to do so, with Blackburn Rovers the only targeting club able to offer European football of any kind, due to their
participation in the UEFA Cup, the potential targets of Pompey, with the
monies quoted gives clear indication as to the club’s ambition and intention to move forward, coupled with the fact he would be guaranteed 1st team football week in week out (although again both Bolton and
Blackburn could also offer this) and the likelihood he would receive hero status worship from the Fratton faithful such a move could look very appealing? However once again wages could be the club’s undoing, as he would be highly unlikely, no matter how many games he would play or be
loved, be willing to accept £35,000 per week, or less, more in the region of £50,000 plus, so a major rethink on the club’s wage structure would be needed, leading to the age old problem that giving one more invariably leads to others wanting more also? But theoretically you get what you pay for.

How genuine Anelka really is on a move to the South Coast, or if he is merely looking to engineer a move to another club, only time will tell?

Despite his chequered past, with controversy following him to Spain, France and back to England again since his ignominious parting with Arsenal, and the worry that he could merely be using the club as a stop gap his quality can never be doubted, his proven track record at the highest level pays testament to this.

By Pompeyrug