Date: 13th June 2007 at 9:23am
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Tuesday proved a fairly calm day on the whole for Pompey and media talk although Harry Redknapp once again told The News of his ‘liking’ of Lyon’s French international midfielder Alou Diarra but he ‘does not know if he could get him’. This was covered in full on Vital Pompey in this article Diarra in Redknapp’s thoughts.

Redknapp would tell The News as well that links to Scottish striker Garry O’Connor and Pierre Webo, a Cameroon international striker were ‘rubbish’ and he would not be moving for these players. This was also covered in full in Vital Pompey in this article Pompey deny striker interest.

Finally, later in the evening SKY Sports ran reports of Kanu once again ‘reiterating’ his stance on how he stands on the contract offered to him. My own thinking is this – as the media may have done time and time again with this whole situation – is nothing more than just media stirring things, digging up and reusing old quotes to provoke a response. This too was covered in full by Vital Pompey in this article Media stirring things up!

The thing that really caught my eye though was the news that Sunderland are reported to be stepping up their interests in Andy O’Brien.

O’Brien played international football alongside Sunderland gaffer Roy Keane, during his own international career so he knows him well. With O’Brien well down the selection list, in fact so far down he is out of site a move will almost certainly take him away from Pompey this summer.

He has not been the greatest of signings for Pompey – and you can argue he has suffered the ‘you are not one of my boys’ treatment from Harry Redknapp – but I think it is fair to say we have seen enough to know he has not been that good a signing for the club.

For his sake – as he has been a model professional in terms on not ‘whining’ at all at not playing football – I would like to see him move on so he can play the football he deserves.

PLAY UP POMPEY!