The January Sales
By Jim Bonner
Updated Monday, 1st February 2010
Deadline Day: Begovic joins Stoke, Dindane and everyone else stays.It's the final day of the "January" transfer window and although the deadline has passed, expect some late deals to be announced before the day ends.
Here's the latest:
- Asmir Begovic has signed for Stoke City for around £3.5 million according to Sky Sports, this has now been confirmed by Portsmouth.
- Aruna Dindane is staying at Pompey after talks between Lens and Blackburn broke down.
- There are rumours going around that Valencia midfielder and former Pompey loanee Manuel Fernandes will return to Fratton Park for a second loan spell.
- Sunderland are interested in David James now that Pompey have made it clear that they want to keep Begovic at the club.
- David Nugent has returned to Burnley on loan for the rest of the season.
- Pompey have been linked with a loan move for Paris Saint-Germain stiker Mateja Kezman.
- Sheffield United have beaten Pompey to the loan signing of Sunderland's Nyron Nosworthy.
- Avram Grant has reportedly ended his interest in Egyptian duo Emad Moteab and Mido, and has also ruled out a move for Danny Shittu.
- However, Romanian creative midfielder Razvan Cocis is expected to pen a deal before the deadline this afternoon.
- Nadir Belhadj is expected to leave Fratton Park and either join Birmingham, West Ham or Wigan.
- Blackburn are coveting Papa Bouba Diop and are also interested on loaning Aruna Dindane from Lens, with a view to a permanent deal.
- Younes Kaboul has signed for Tottenham for a reported £11 million, although Pompey will only receive £6 million due to a sell-on clause and £3 million that was originally owed to Spurs for Kaboul when he signed for Pompey in 2008.
- Jamie O'Hara has returned to Pompey on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season.
- Birmingham have pulled out of a deal to sign Aruna Dindane from Lens for £4 million. It is now expected he will return to Pompey to finish his loan spell.
- West Ham are favourites to sign Nadir Belhadj, though Birmingham and Wigan are still interested in the Algerian.
- Avram Grant wants to loan Mido from Middlesbrough, who is currently on loan with El Zamalek. Though reports that Pompey are interested in Joey Barton and Gary O'Neil are said to be off the mark.
- Mike Williamson has completed his move from Portsmouth to Newcastle for £925,000, meaning Pompey have made a loss of £2.25 million in just over six months.
- Pompey have signed Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on loan from Spartak Moscow for the rest of the season.
- The transfer embargo has finally been lifted and so Avram Grant wants to loan Jamie O'Hara and/or Giovani Dos Santos from Tottenham and has alsobeen linked with Egyptian striker Emad Moteab, the 26-year-old Al-Ahly striker will play against Algeria in the semi-final of the African Cup of Nations.
- David James' move to Stoke hangs in the balance as he suffered a calf injury in training, which could threaten the loan deal.
- Burnley are still talking to Pompey over David Nugent and if he'll sign for them permanently for £3 million or just on loan for the rest of the season. Nugent is due back to Portsmouth now and could feature against West Ham.
- Sky Sports report that half-a-dozen clubs are interested in signing Hayden Mullins, with Stoke, Burnley and Middlesbrough all wanting to take him on loan.
- Sky Sports claim that Pompey are interested in signing Bolton 'keeper Ali Al Habsi, though this was before Stoke pulled out of signing David James.
- Lens could recall Aruna Dindane from Pompey as they are worried that obligations to buy the player at the end of his loan spell will not be fulfilled.
- Milan Mandaric has been charged with two counts of fraud. The charges relate to a payment of $295,000 from Mandaric's bank account to another via a bank in Monaco, evading tax and NI contributions.
- Mark Jacob has told Pompey fans that they should lay off Ali Al-Faraj because they don't understand what he has been doing behind the scenes. Al-Faraj was said to be very upset at the chants at the Arsenal game and the protests after the Coventry game.
- Jacob then goes on to blame Sacha Gaydamak for the club's current situation, claiming that Pompey lost out on £35 million when Gaydamak opted to sell to Sulaiman Al-Fahim instead of Ali Al-Faraj.
- Jacob also claims that Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai does not own Fratton Park and that his company, Portpin Limited, have taken over the mortgage of the property from Barclays Bank, as Chainrai has effectively taken charge of Pompey's loan which was used to pay back what they owed Barclays Bank.
- Jacob has also rebuffed reports from the national press that Israeli businessmen Roni Mana and Yuram Yossifoff have lent Al-Faraj £45 million. He says that Mana has no interest in the club and Yossifoff is a personal friend of his and has watched many Pompey games in his company.
- Despite interest from other clubs, Frederic Piquionne's agent has said that he will be staying at the club. Aaron Mokoena has also stated that he is committed to Pompey, despite offers from elsewhere. (Who on earth would offer any money for him!?)
- Sulaiman Al-Fahim claims that he will transfer his 10% share of Portsmouth FC to the new supporters' trust "so supporters get more involved in their club and have full transparency and a real vote in what they love". We'll see if this is just another empty promise...
- Pompey are still interested in bringing Onismor Bhasera to the club, although the dispute between the player and the Kasier Chiefs, who belief they still hold his contract, is yet to be resolved.
- The Premier League have confirmed that Kevin-Prince Boateng cannot play for a third team this season because of a FIFA ruling. Therefore, any links to him from Blackburn and suchlike can be instantly dismissed as Pompey are forced to keep him until the summer.
- The board also expect the transfer embargo to be lifted on January 10th, and Avram Grant wants to bring out-of-favour Benfica centre back Miguel Vitor to the club on loan, possibly as a replacement for Kaboul.
- Tottenham have been linked with Asmir Begovic, although Peter Storrie has categorically stated that he is going nowhere, and who are we to believe a word that 'onest Peter says?