Date: 29th June 2007 at 11:06am
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It is amazing that what Harry Redknapp reportedly said in the Mirror suddenly means that Pompey are going to sign, or at least attempt to sign Claude Makelele.

‘We could do a lot worse than sign Makelele.

‘If he was available, I’d love to have him in my team’.

My thinking here – unless there is more to it than we have not been shown – is Redknapp is just doing his usual ‘of course I like him, I would love to have him here’ speech when asked the question on a player, but has not actually said Pompey will make a move for the Chelsea midfielder as the implication is – for £2million.

Makelele – who is moving into the final year of his contract – would be another great addition to the Pompey side, let alone squad but as much as his quality could help us do we really need him? Yep, you can never have too many world class performers – and I would not say no – but would signing him be a priority?

Our priority must remain attracting a striker or striker as the defence – for all it’s quality now and the midfield – that is literally overflowing with talent and ability, will not win us matches if we cannot score.

There is always the theory that signing Makelele could send out further messages of Pompey’s intent, ergo possibly making others – strikers – look at us more seriously? Although if we won’t pay the going rate we will still miss out on them.

I could have sworn that I read reports just yesterday claiming that Makelele had agreed to see out his final year at Chelsea and fight for a first team place anyway?

PLAY UP POMPEY!