Date: 7th July 2010 at 9:10am
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The News this morning reports that Papa Bouba Diop is ready to ‘plead’ with the club to let him leave, so he can join AEK Athens.

AEK want Papa on a free, Pompey want a fee of £1m – neither side ‘seems’ to be budging as this ‘proposed transfer’ continues to rumble on, and the more it does the little it does to help!

Put it this way the longer it does rumble on the more he is costing us as he must be on, a bare minimum, of £20,000 per week? Having signed a new contract just last summer I have little doubt that Storrieteller would have actually done this with a pay rise too!

He is not, or was not, training because his work permit got sent to ‘the wrong address’, somehow methinks that he is not training because he, and to be fair ‘probably’ the club too, do not want him to get injured – something that he seems to do a lot these days.

The longer this drags on the longer we are paying him to, quite literally, do nothing!

I begrudge the era of football that we live in, where the players have all the power and what suits them best of all is what, more often than not, happens these days – it sickens me that they can decide they want to go so will no longer perform, try or even train in order to get their move. Yet it sickens me even more than common decency cannot come into play and if players can have the power they do, why can rules not come into play that gives clubs more power again? Something like the ability to re-write contracts, within a ‘fair means’ of course, in the event of financial troubles – then again this can be done if ‘written into contracts’, but how many do that…

There does not appear to be much interest in Papa, so it is not as if we can use that as a basis for not letting him move on can we?

Whilst we need the money, as said the longer this drags on the more he is costing and the less we will actually receive anyway – in our position I understand that we CANNOT be seen to be ‘throwing money away’, which we are by paying him when he does not want to be here, nor can we be seen to be refusing money, which we do by not demanding a fee, but surely a compromise has to be reached here as the club, forget the player for a minute, are not likely to come out of this as a winner.

We need to get shot of him now, so ‘if’ we will not let him go on a free, and ‘if’ AEK will not pay the £1m we want why not simply meet in the middle?

£500,000 is a fair, even if it is still ‘low’ – even for Papa, amount right. I know that sounds simple and is an ‘ideal world’ situation, but something has to give and SOON as this is helping no one.

Although our major problem is, if we buckle too much on this issue then this would send out the wrong message and ‘set the trend’ to our others dealings. Clubs would think, even more so than I suspect they do, that we are in such a weak position that they can fully exploit this even more…

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