Kranjcar Sees Summer Exit

Last updated : 22 January 2009 By Jim Bonner
Niko Kranjcar has told a Croatian newspaper that he expects to be sold in the summer, despite being in negotiations over a new deal.

According to Jutarnji List, the Croat has said "the club will make a decision on what is best, and they will probably sell me - even though we have started negotiations over a new deal."

He also reportedly said: "I am waiting for a move, there is no rush. Until the end of the season I will be with Portsmouth."

These comments are slightly baffling as it's difficult to pinpoint exactly why he has said these things now and why he expects to move on after this season. Does he think that the club will be forced to sell him because of their financial situation or does he see himself as too good for Pompey and wants to move to a bigger club?

If the former is true, then it will again raise questions about Pompey's debt which will probably be speculated about forever until Gaydamak finds a new owner. If it's the latter, then I wonder who would buy him for Pompey's asking price?

Niko himself has already said he will not be joining Harry Redknapp at Spurs because Luka Modric already plays in his favoured position, so what other club would be willing to fork out over £12 million for a player who hasn't performed this season?

I'm struggling to remember a match this season where he has shone or looked anything like the player who made the headlines and forced Matthew Taylor to find a new club.

Some fans will argue that he suffered from an injury this season but he has had plenty of time to get over that and yet he hasn't offered a great deal this year, especially when we have needed battlers in the team.

There's no doubt that he has the quality to be a top player in the Premier League but he has showed little of that so far. He still has time to improve but the fans and Tony Adams will be demanding more.

This newspaper report could quite easily be one of those "misquoted" interviews or just turn out to be pure rubbish. I'd like to keep Niko at Pompey but if he fails to improve then it might just be best to cash in regardless of our money situation.