Rumour Round-Up

Last updated : 15 January 2007 By Jim Bonner
This January has been a bit strange. By now Harry has usually signed a whole new team so it's a tad surprising that we've only made two low key signings so far. Fear not though, for the month is only halfway through and there's still plenty of time to bring in new faces. Not that we're desperate, being 6th in the league and all...

Here's the latest:

The latest name to be linked with a move to Portsmouth is Falkirk midfielder Alan Gow. The 24-year-old has been pivotal in the SPL club's success this season which current sees them sit in 6th place. Gow has scored 6 goals for the club so Falkirk have said they will not be letting him go on the cheap.

Earlier this month it was revealed that Harry was after defensive cover and was linked to Taye Taiwo and Younes Kaboul. It's unlikely that Taiwo will be arriving now Djimi Traore is at the club but Kaboul could still arrive at Fratton Park on loan. The young Auxerre centre back is highly rated in his country.

Any move for Souleymane Diawara of Charlton looks to be blocked as Diawara can't play for three clubs in one season according to FIFA regulations and he's already played for Sochaux and Charlton this campaign. It looks like Andy O'Brien could be staying after all then...

Another player who doesn't look like coming to Pompey is Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari. Sources in Italy claimed that Muntari to Pompey was a done deal but it now looks unlikely after the Udinese board slapped an outrageous £11 million price tag on him.

Other players still linked with Pompey are Yossi Benayoun of West Ham and David Nugent of Preston. Harry has ruled out signing either Freddy Eastwood or Freddie Ljungberg.

Richard Duffy has left Pompey on loan once again and has joined his old club Swansea City for the rest of the season as the League One side push for promotion. Rodolphe Douala could also be leaving for Nantes after a "nightmare" spell here.

Pompey could also face a coaching departure as Joe Jordan has emerged as the favourite to take the Scotland job vacated by Walter Smith earlier in the week. According to reports, Pompey won't stand in his way if he wants to take what would be a massive opportunity for him.

That's about it for now. I personally hope we sign a couple more defenders and maybe a top quality midfielder or striker. There's no point in signing players for the sake of it though, so we have to spend wisely.