Date: 23rd August 2006 at 9:47am
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Having offered Celtic the six million they where demanding, Celtic turned back round and asked for seven. Milan Mandaric has now informed Harry Redknapp that we will have to look elsewhere.

‘Unfortunately we have to look for someone else,’ Mandaric told the Daily Record.

‘The transfer window is going to close very soon and, with all due respect, Celtic are being unreasonable with their demands.

‘We have tried everything possible to make this deal happen but I don’t want to get involved in talking about numbers or how many offers we have made.

‘All I will say is I don’t think Celtic have any intention of letting him go to us or to anyone else.

‘If they needed the money from his sale to buy in other players then they would have been more reasonable with us.

‘Instead, all they have done is increase and increase their demands.

‘There is now nothing more we can do. We rate him highly and we wanted him but we now have to move on.’

I`m concerned that Portsmouth will get desperate and chuck money at players! If Martins does join Pompey over Newcastle then he is likely to be joining us for the money, do we really want a player who is at our club for the money?

I think going for players that would relish the chance of playing for Pompey is a better policy. People like Nugent would be excited by the step up and would want to prove himself on the big stage. Steve Malbranque would be grateful to Portsmouth for getting him out of his Fulham hell. Get those two in along with Fernandes on loan and I can see a promising season ahead for us!