Date: 6th July 2007 at 1:58pm
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Many media outlets are claiming that we have had a bid – said to be £6.7million – rejected for Rennes striker John Utaka – who has already expressed his desire to play for Pompey, with he himself claiming that a move ‘was close’.

Rennes manager Pierre Dreossi said to France Football ‘John Utaka could leave us but, for the moment, the offers are insufficient.

‘?10million (£6.7million) from Portsmouth is not enough’.

Today is seeing a move to Pompey for the Nigerian heavily favoured in the media and Pompey’s move for David Nugent claimed to be ‘getting closer,’ with Fredi Kanoute also said to be ‘closing in’ on a move to Pompey by the media circus.

How much Pompey will be willing to pay for the Utaka? This is something only they know, but my thinking is if we are asked to go much higher than £7million – possibly £8million maximum, depending on how much Harry Redknapp really wants him – this will be a no go.

We are getting closer in our hunt for strikers though, so I still expect to know what will happen with Nugent by the early part of next week – at the latest. And believe that we will have at least one striker in place by the time we face Yeovil a week on Saturday, hopefully.

PLAY UP POMPEY!