Pompey To Get New Cash Injection?

According to reports, Pompey's new stadium plan is set to go ahead thanks to a cash injection from supermarket chains.

It is rumoured that Asda have won the race to buy Fratton Park when the move to Horsea Island has taken place whilst Tesco and Sainsbury's are battling each other for the site next to the proposed waterfront stadium as the retail giants have now been integrated into Pompey's new stadium plans.

These rumours would be backed up by Peter Storrie's recent statement about ditching the plans to combine the development with new housing and instead combine them with new supermarkets, a hotel and other retail outlets.

Pompey spokesman Gary Double expects planning permission for the new stadium development to be submitted in early 2009, whilst the finishing touches are being put into place so that Pompey's new training facility can be built.

Storrie also claims that Pompey have no financial problems and that we won't need to sell our prized assets in January and if we are offered silly money for our best players then Pompey will take it and use it to replace them with other quality players.

Jermain Defoe is one of those prized assets and according to Premier League rules he cannot return to Tottenham within a year of leaving them and because we officially bought the former Spurs striker in February after his initial "loan" on deadline day the ruling rules out Redknapp taking Defoe with him to White Hart Lane.

Of course, that doesn't stop other clubs coming in for him and Premier League rules have been known to be bent before, such as the Benjani situation last year.

Let's hope what Storrie says is true and that we really don't have to sell. Better yet, if this new supermarket investment actually happens then we may have some money to spend in January.

But that would be too good to be true, wouldn't it?