Player movements at Pompey

Last updated : 15 March 2002 By
There is no doubt that Fratton Park will be a busy place in the summer with the club already lining up at least four possible deals to take the club forward.

One who will defintely not be joining the Blue's is the extreemly talented Leonardo Biagini. 'Leo' has been a huge hit since his loan move from Real Mallorca and has been the catalyst for Pompey's recent success, impressing the fans' with his intelligent running, silky skills, visionary passing and an eye for a goal. Apparently £2million is too much for Pompey and he will return to Spain at the end of the season - the latest in a long line of loan stars that Pompey have sent back instead of taking a gamble with them. Where would we be if Marc Keller, Michael Brown, Paulo Vernazza and Bernard Lambourde were still in the team?

Instead of Biagini, we are hopefully going to be adding Bulgarian international Todorov to the striking ranks, but this deal has hit a 'minor snag' over wages. It is hoped that he will sign soon - much to the delight of the player himself and Harry Redknapp who said recently that 'Toddy is a magnificent player who will do well in Division One and just as well in The Premiership' West Ham fans would be split down the middle with that statement, but there is no doubt that Todorov will give something else to Pompey that they have been lacking - whether he will be as technically gifted as Biagini remains to be seen. On the way out, Peter Crouch has once again been touted with Aston Villa keeping tabs on the front man, due to Graham Taylor's well known affection for the tall striker.

The midfield seems to remain constant for the time being with the backline and goalkeeping situation changing even further. Despite reports on the official site that Yoshi and the club have arranged an amicable departure for the Japanese goalkeeper before deadline day on the 28th March, Fratton Faithful has been told by the player himself that he aims to stay and fight at Pompey. The goalkeeper was spurred on by support instigated by this site and especially in the results of our recent poll which stated that 93% of fans wanted him to stay at the club. This story made the backpages of many Japanese newspapers who are pleased that Kawaguchi is still in favour with the Fratton Faithful.

The backline is also undergoing strengthning with the PA today breaking the news that Pompey are highly interested in experienced Cameroon defender Raymond Kalla Nkongo who currently plays for Spanish second division side Extremadura. Milan Mandaric denied that the move has been completed stating that Pompey are interested in a few defenders - including Scott Wilson from Glasgow Rangers.