Date: 10th June 2008 at 1:15pm
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The lure of playing for Harry Redknapp and the fact that we can offer uefa cup football next season makes Pompey an attractive proposition to Djibril Cisse

Well, that is according to his agent Ranko Stojic: ‘we’ve had some very interesting offers from Spain but he is very, very motivated to play in the Premier League again.

‘He wants to play for a club with ambition and Portsmouth are a club with ambition.

‘There has been no contact from Portsmouth or anyone else yet, but we expect to see who is serious this week.

‘Portsmouth were interested in Djibril last season and so were Manchester City and West Ham.

‘That was then, though, and this is now.

Just because we were interested in January it does not mean that we are now does it, so that is the key part of what Stojic said. He did go on to talk about the respect that they have for Redknapp and how much he would like to play for him: ‘I know about Portsmouth and have spoken with Harry in the past.

‘He is a top coach and someone Djibril would be keen to play for.

‘Portsmouth are an ambitious club and Djibril wants to play for an ambitious club.

‘There are maybe three or four teams like Portsmouth and Tottenham who he would play for.

‘He wants to play at the highest level and have European football. The Champions League would be good, but so would a team in the UEFA Cup now with ambitions of playing in the Champions League.’

We do tick all the boxes for what he wants, but does he us? The major downside for me though is the fact that Marseille are looking for a reported £9m, and with Peter Crouch believed to be available at £10m I think the England man would win this battle…

Whatever happens though, the fact that players want to play for us now – even if it only agents touting their clients as can be the case – it proves how far we have moved forward.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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