Date: 1st September 2008 at 3:14pm
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It is a quiet day all-round on deadline day, although seeing this quiet with Pompey is not a surprise in the slightest as the signing of Nadir Belhadj has probably already exceeded my expectations – although to be honest I am still not sure where he fits in?

Setanta sports, not always the most reliable of sources, were right with the news that we were signing the Algerian – and we did. Setanta now claims that the Thiago Motta deal fell through, not due to the ‘reported’ £60,000 wages but due to him failing a medical…

The Brazilian has had problems with his knees for a while and the suggestion is the plug was pulled due to our concerns over the condition of his knees, which meant him failing a medical, despite previous claims that he had in fact passed one during his trial?

Other ‘reports’ said that he rejected our offer of a ‘pay as you play’, or ‘short term deal’ – but either way the facts remain that he will not be coming to Fratton for whatever reason, or so we are led to believe…

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Players departing Fratton today is still highly likely, and word I have is that offers have been placed for Dave Nugent and Sean Davis

I said my bit on Nugent earlier – see the Diarra staying article from this morning – so I will not go over that again, but whilst Davis might not be the most outstanding of footballers we know what we will get from him and my thinking is we cannot afford to lose him, as the central midfield area is looking very threadbare as it is already!

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