Date: 11th June 2007 at 2:18pm
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Garry O’Connor’s agent, Rudi Vata, has said that the Scottish international striker is looking for a return to the United Kingdom after failing to settle in Russia, but he would like to play in the Premiership – with Pompey, Everton and Fulham reportedly keen.

‘People have contacted us and there have been talks but there is nothing concrete at the moment.

‘Many clubs would love to have Garry O’Connor but the question mark right now is over the transfer fee. So many clubs can’t pay the fee.

‘He would love to play in the Premiership for sure. It’s the best football league in the world and it would be a fantastic experience for Garry.

‘I’m sure if he had the chance to go there, he would.

‘Garry is missing his family a lot. His fiancĂ©e didn’t settle in Russia at all and is pregnant with their second child so she is spending most of the time in Scotland. It’s not easy for him but he’s doing okay.

‘It’s been a difficult year for him but it will toughen him up, it will be good experience for him.’

A £1.6million move took O’Connor from Hibs to Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow – you don’t get many Scots to the pound playing football in Russia do you! – in February 2006 but with the 24-year old failing to settle in Russia a move back to the UK is something he would like.

The major stumbling block appears to be the £3.4million price tag Lokomotiv have put on the strikers head – who is said to have impressed during Scotland’s recent internationals, scoring in both – which is likely to frighten off Pompey as well as the other interested clubs.

Does anyone know much about this fella, would he be worth going for – could there be some truth in this or is it more speculative rumour and nothing more?

PLAY UP POMPEY!