Date: 12th August 2007 at 9:08am
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Harry Redknapp tired unsuccessfully to bring striker Nicolas Anelka to Pompey last summer – although at one point it looked as though we could have pulled it off.

Now the Daily Mail is claiming that Redknapp is to revive his interest in the French international as Yakubu – who seems to be the number one target – is being heavily targeted by Everton, who saw an apparent £10m bid rejected, but they will be back with an improved bid and could spend a combined £22m to sign him as well as former Pompey loanee Manuel Fernandes.

It is said that Anelka has a £9m ‘release clause’ in his Bolton contract, so Redknapp will allegedly try to activate this?

If this could have any truth in it at all then Anelka would fit the vacant No.9 shirt very nicely, although his temperament and commitment to a cause have often come into question – however his quality cannot, can it.

Pompey need another striker, simply as but Jermain Defoe will not sign, well not in this transfer window anyway, Yakubu appears ‘too pricey’, things with Freddie Kanoute seem to have gone quiet again so if there is a genuine £9m release clause in Anelka’s contract I cannot see any reason why Pompey would not be willing to play that – my only reservations are temperament and commitment issues previously mentioned.


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