Date: 2nd July 2007 at 10:56am
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John Utaka claims he is ‘on the verge’ of signing for Pompey – having spoken to Nigerian teammate Kanu to gain advice about such a move.

The News is claiming he said ‘Yes, Kanu has spoken with me about Portsmouth.

‘What he told me is personal to me but I am really looking forward to joining him at Fratton Park and playing alongside him in the colours of Portsmouth next season’.

Okay – we have either missed something, these quotes are from a while back or there is something we do not know about the Kanu situation – unless of course a week-to-week contract he is currently on is what he has been hankering for all along.

I am not saying he will not sign but will he really be playing alongside Kanu next season? If so someone has to back track – and neither party seem that willing to do so, with Kanu now technically a free agent.

The reports are he will sign from Rennes for around £5.7million. But would this include Niko Kranjcar going the other way – as recent talk had claimed? This has been denied but still remains unclear.

A common occurrence every time we are ‘linked’ with a player plus cash move sees us saying ‘this cannot happen’, but I again find myself saying this cannot happen with Kranjcar!

We did not see him at his best last season, but he showed signs of this. A full pre season behind him and more of a run in the side and we have a potentially world class talent here, with the ability to fulfil his tag of being ‘one of Croatia’s finest ever products’.

Utaka has been linked with Pompey on and off for sometime now but I still do not know too much about the fella. I do know his record of 1 goal in 4 matches with Lens was not that great, but with Rennes he has a record of almost 1 in 2 – that is more like it.

PLAY UP POMPEY!