Date: 21st December 2008 at 9:25am
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Who will ever forget that afternoon at White Hart Lane when Didier Zokora criminally dived – and this was a dive of all dives, which even had plenty of Spurs fans up in arms – to earn his side a penalty against Pedro Mendes in what I recall was a 2-1 defeat.

Well, according to ‘reports’ in the News of the World today anyway, this villain could soon become a hero for Pompey fans with it ‘claimed’ that Tony Adams sees the Ivory Coast star as a perfect replacement for the departing Lassana Diarra – who I must admit stunned me by not only being named in the squad to face Bolton yesterday, but playing as well! In actual fact it left me unsure as to how close his impending move to Madrid actually is – as why would we ‘risk’ him if the deal was as close as it has been claimed? Although the Frenchman himself has already raised a few questions about this move!?

I cannot say that I am that big a fan of Zokora’s to be honest – and this is not because of ‘that dive’, that said I do not see him that often do I so it is easy for me to say that. Either way I do not see him as a £10m player at all…

It is funny how the very same paper that has been slagging us off mercilessly in recent months – painstakingly pointing out ‘financial problems’ now seems to believe that we have £10m to burn. It just shows what the papers are like really doesn’t it!

With Jimmy Bullard now being told that he is ‘free to leave’ if he does not agree a new deal with Fulham by the end of January, despite the fact that he is 30, I would much rather we ‘broke the bank’ – within reason – to bring him to Fratton, as the fella is, for me, a much more rounded footballer than the Ivorian… Although apparently, and I did not hear it so I cannot really say, it was let slip yesterday that a deal ‘has been done’ to bring Gary O’Neil back from Boro – something that I am happy with as he offers willingness, effort, dedication, commitment you name it, not to mention quality too, all traits that I want to see in someone pulling on the Pompey blue…

Talking of villains, well ‘Villans’ actually, the People is also today claiming that Jermain Defoe ‘will be sold’, even if Diarra’s Madrid move does go through as a further ‘book balancing’ measure. He will ‘apparently’ go to highflying Villa for £10m.

All I will add to finish with is, ‘lets just wait and see what happens’, as no doubt there will be plenty more paper inches filled with ‘gossip’ relating to Pompey over the coming 4 weeks, probably mostly players apparently going out as opposed to in of course…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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