Date: 11th October 2010 at 7:56pm
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To be honest, with Pompey and Spurs still disputing the £1m fee that we ‘owe’ Spurs for Asmir Begovic – after his move did not go through – it is not really a surprise that a loan deal for Kyle Naughton has dragged on and is now ‘unlikely’ to happen, right?

It does not surprise me in the least…

Steve Cotterill, talking to The News, confirmed that he has all but given up on signing the Spurs man, at least for now: ‘Kyle is still somebody I would like to have. But I need to be making contingency plans because of what’s going on between the clubs.

‘There is a political position there that is difficult for Tottenham as well, which I appreciate.

‘So we might have to move somewhere else short-term, for a month, and then maybe see what happens in a month’s time.’

An alternative right back has been lined up from the sounds of it with a ‘phone call’ made to another club about an option, with that player wanting ‘a little bit of time’ to decide: ‘I have made one call, the manager is happy about it, the player wants a little bit of time to think about it, which is fair enough because he probably just got pulled out of the blue.

‘He will come in for a month initially and if he does well it might be for a bit longer.’

In all honest, for me, as much as a specialist right back would of course be nice I would not have a right back as a priority really, would you?

Whilst we are looking stronger and the supply, and goals, are coming from midfield if we could somehow bring in a creative influence in the middle of the park then this would ‘probably’ be the priority area I looked at…

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