Date: 22nd January 2009 at 6:15pm
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According to ‘reports’ coming out of Croatia, and how true they are is unknown, Niko Kranjcar is planning – and expects – to leave Pompey in the summer?

A new deal with the club is on the cards but Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List is reporting that he expects to leave in the summer regardless: ‘I am waiting (for a move) there is no rush. Until the end of the season I will be with Portsmouth.

‘After that the club will make a decision on what is best, and they will probably sell me – even though we have started negotiations over a new deal.’

Arsenal and Spurs have both been linked with the Croatia, but he denies having held talks with ‘Jamie’s Dad’ about a move to Spurs: ‘Redknapp has not called me, and anyway my position there is well covered with Luka Modric playing well.’

Not exactly what we want to hear at this moment, even if they are not entirely accurate – and I would expect a counter claim against them to be honest. That said a summer departure would not surprise me at all and in an ideal world, if he does go, a move to Arsenal in a player plus cash deal to bring in Armand Traore permanently would be fantastic…

So, maybe Kranjcar is leaving, but a move to bring Jermaine Pennant to Fratton on a permanent basis is not being ruled out.

As we know he is on loan until the end of the season, a free transfer move away from Liverpool is then expected and should all parties be in agreement then he could stay here in the long term?

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