Date: 16th November 2010 at 3:30pm
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Rowan Vine, remember him?

This is a guy that was going to be ‘the next big thing’ for Pompey, although, like so many up and coming youngsters – before, and since I guess – his chance never came at Fratton so he eventually moved on…

He scored goals for fun with Luton and then got a ‘big money’ move to Birmingham, which I do not think really worked out, but a loan with QPR was fruitful and he eventually signed for them.

Now, at 28 – so, still with something to give – he is ‘out of favour’ with QPR and is training with Pompey to ‘regain his sharpness’ although Steve Cotterill, quoted in The Mail, says we are just ‘helping him out’ and no move will take place for the striker: ‘we aren’t signing Rowan but we’re happy to help him out.’

I am not entirely sure if Vine has been, or will be, released by QPR but this is certainly an unusual move – well, certainly if he is still under contract with QPR so ‘rumours’ that a return could come about are sure to do the rounds.

Another striker is something that Cotterill said that he would like, as well as a defender and a midfielder, but what we have to remember is we still have Danny Webber, who I ‘thought’ was close to returning?

Talking of strikers and ‘rumours’, Swindon’s Charlie Austin was ‘said’ to be interesting us and even before we had come out of administration, let alone had our transfer embargo lifted, we had offered ‘£1m’ for him…

We, along with several other clubs, are still ‘believed’ to be keeping an eye of the free-scoring 21-year-old striker and ‘could’ make a move for him in the New Year?

As much as I would like to keep him and give him a chance that I think he deserves, ‘perhaps’ a deal that involved Matty Ritchie joining Swindon permanently could play a part in a ‘possible’ move?

Not that I would be expecting too much, if any, transfer activity coming in when the transfer window opens again anyway mind…

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