Date: 20th January 2009 at 1:21pm
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Peter Storrie has told The News that the move to bring Jermaine Pennant to Pompey is ‘very, very close’ to being completed, as are moves for a couple of other players: ‘we are trying our very best to bring players in.

‘As far as Jermaine is concerned, it’s very, very close – as we are with one or two others.

‘It was only ever going to be a loan or short-term permanent deal. He is a free agent at the end of the season and he doesn’t want to give up those rights.

‘Whether it is a contract until the end of June or a loan, it’s a bit irrelevant.’

I think the fella clearly has talent – you do not play for Arsenal and Liverpool otherwise, but he seems to be wasting that talent, and question marks have to be over his attitude and his actual outlook on what the game brings him, besides money! Given a run of games I feel we could see this talent, but at the same time if he really wanted to come to us would he not commit for longer than ‘just the end of the season?’ Then again, does this suit us…

I think it would be crazy paying a £2m fee just until the summer, so surely a loan – which would involve some loan fee – would be the way to go, with potentially first option on his free signing?

To be honest I am easy on this one – if it happens and he wants to play for Pompey then great, if not, so be it and we move on!

He also spoke about Patrick Vieira – who we would have liked had he not been injured, as well as saying that deals to bring in Gary O’Neil and Edu had been close to being completed, only for their clubs to pull out of the deals at the last…

‘Reports’ are also circulating today that a move to bring in Christian Poulsen on loan from Juventus is also close. Although the midfielder, who is not long back from injury, is said to have voiced his desire to fight his way back into the side Juve despite a deal having been struck with them?

Less talk, more actions – announce them when they have signed, do not say ‘they are close’ until they are done. It seems to be giving that ‘easy out’ by saying deals are close only for them to ‘fall through’ as clubs pull out or players do not want the moves…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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