Pompey To Go For Dos Santos Again?

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 19 October 2009
The Daily Mirror have today reported that Pompey are targeting Tottenham's Mexican starlet Giovani Dos Santos for a January move.

Usually I dismiss the majority of paper rumours unless they are repeated constantly or, in the rare event are actually based on logic. But in this case I'm willing to make an exception as this could well be a goer.

Peter Storrie has made it clear that Giovani has been tracked for sometime and was almost signed on loan by Tony Adams back in January, only for the move to fall through.

He is a clearly talented player but his inexperience and lack of strength have meant that Harry Redknapp doesn't fancy him and we should all know that if Redknapp doesn't fancy a player, it usually means the end of their career unless they move.

Logic suggests that David James could be used as a makeweight for any deal involving Dos Santos as we all know Harry is keen but The Mirror says that Pompey are going to pay cash for the attack-minded midfielder.

Would I like to see Giovani at Fratton Park? I'm not sure. He doesn't look like the sort of player you'd want during a relegation battle but then look what Andres D'Alessandro did for us back in 2006 and he is a similar type of player.

He'd be a gamble worth taking if we didn't have to sacrifice James and if the former Barcelona man would be keen on a move down South.

Going back to my inital statement about tabloid rumours and how I dismiss the more ridiculous stories, well today's ridiculous story comes from the Daily Mail who report that Pompey are to entice former Juventus, Tottenham and Ajax midfielder Edgar Davids out of retirement.

38-year-old Davids hasn't played a competitive football match since his release by Ajax in the summer of 2008 but it is said that Pompey are willing to offer "the pitbull" £20,000 a week (the same as Leicester City have apparently offered him) to join Pompey's fight against relegation.

This seems completely daft because although Paul Hart loves his combative, defensive minded midfielders, surely this is one too many? Especially at an age where the words "past it" would be being kind to the former Dutch international.

But given the drama and shocks we have had throughout the season already, can you honestly say to yourself "I guarantee this won't happen"?

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