Meanwhile, the "Yakubu to Newcastle" stories have died a death, with Graeme Souness allegedly admitting defeat in the hunt for the Nigerian. The club have always announced their intentions to hold onto the Yak at least until the summer, and remained adamant that no bids had been made. Milan again spoke out today telling baying hacks, "Newcastle are interested in Yakubu but we have told them we cannot afford to sell him. I do not want our supporters to worry."
Milan also dropped a hint that, despite Velimir's silence, new players will be coming to Fratton very soon. "The Croat in the Hat" is set to head out for Greece and Germany after the Chelsea game to discuss future signings (Basinas and Babic of Leverkeusen, if rumours are to be believed), whilst Russian striker Dmitri Bulikin is at the club on trial.
It's official - we now live in the Former Soviet Republic of Portsmouth.