The Rumour Mill

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 31 January 2008
Welcome to the Fratton Faithful rumour mill, an article dedicated to keeping tabs on the latest transfer rumours doing the rounds. Day by day this article will be updated with the latest speculation and rumours concerning Pompey.

Here's the latest:

Tuesday 1st January

David Nugent could join Reading in a swap deal for out-of-favour Leroy Lita.

Harry Redknapp is going to make a bid for Jermain Defoe.

Wednesday 2nd January

Bristol City's Marvin Elliot will snub a move to Pompey as he is commited to the Championship club.

Harry Redknapp is considering moving for Peter Crouch. (Telegraph)

Thursday 3rd January

Sheffield United are set to swoop for Richard Hughes as well as some other players including Nigel Quashie. (Various)

Harry Redknapp has said that there'll be no new faces joining Pompey until after the Ipswich game. Dani Guiza of Mallorca has also been linked with a £4 million bid. (The News)

Friday 4th January

Gary Megson wants to sign Matthew Taylor for Bolton..... (The Sun)

....But Rangers are leading the queue to sign the Pompey fan favourite. (The News)

Dean Ashton is a target for Pompey after his "lack of opportunities" at West Ham. (Daily Star)

Saturday 5th January

Bolton are closing in on a £3.5 million deal for Matthew Taylor (The News)

Taylor is also wanted by Rangers and Sunderland (again). (Daily Express)

Monday 7th January

Matthew Taylor will decide this week whether to join Bolton or Sunderland after Pompey accepted their bids of £3.5 million. (Daily Mail)

Harry Redknapp has offered South Korea striker Cho Jae-Jin a week's trial. (Mirror)

Reggina midfielder Luca Vigiani and Pisa striker Eros Pisano have been linked with a move to Pompey. (Sky Sports)

Tuesday 8th January

Portsmouth defender Matthew Taylor is wanted by Bolton, Sunderland, Reading and Rangers. (Telegraph) (Editor: I think the Telegraph needs to keep up....)

West Ham are interested in David Nugent. (Telegraph)

Pompey are interested in signing Nicolas Fauverge, who currently plays for Lille. (The Times)

Wednesday 9th January

Lyon striker Fred is wanted by Pompey but face competiton from West Ham and Paris Saint-Germain for his services. (The Sun)

Harry Redknapp wants to tie up a loan deal with Middlesbrough captain George Boateng, who has fallen out with Gareth Southgate. (The Sun)

West Ham are interested in David Nugent. (Mirror)

Thursday 10th January

Cho Jae-Jin is on trial at Pompey after rejecting Newcastle. (Daily Express) (Ed: Keep up!)

Harry Redknapp is being lined up to take over the vacant job at Newcastle. (Various)

Friday 11th January

Harry Redknapp will be offered a £20 million transfer kitty if he takes the job at Newcastle. (The Mail)

Redknapp has been told he can use Mike Ashley's (Newcastle owner) private jet to travel from the South to the North East if he takes the job. (Daily Express)

Pompey will be given £3 million in compensation if Harry agrees to take over at Newcastle. (The Sun)

Although that compensation figure could be as much as £8 million. (The News)

Saturday 12th January

Harry Redknapp wanted to bring Jermain Defoe to St. James' Park if he took the Newcastle job. (The Sun)

Ronald Koeman has admitted he'd like to take Sulley Muntari to Valencia. (The Sun)

(Editor: Various newspapers speculated on Harry's future at Pompey, but thankfully that has been resolved!)

Sunday 13th January

Pompey have doubled Harry Redknapp's wages to £3 million a year after he turned down Newcastle. (News of the World)

Mike Ashley has not given up on trying to take Harry to Newcastle, and will trey and persuade him to take the job when he returns from Hong Kong. (Sunday Express)

Monday 14th January

Harry Redknapp wil try and sign Jermain Defoe from Spurs once again. (The Mirror)

Sunderland and Bolton are leading the race to sign Matthew Taylor. (The Mirror)

Pompey are primed to buy Juventus midfielder Tiago for £8 million after a torrid six months at the Turin club. (The Sun)

Brazillian striker Fred will decide this week where he wants to go with Portsmouth a rumoured destination. However, his wage demands could be a problem. (Sky Sports)

However, Harry Redknapp has told the local rag that he doesn't expect to be given a bigger transfer kitty this month, and has virtually ruled out moves for Defoe and Fred. (The News)

Tuesday 15th January

Harry Redknapp wants to sign Crystal Palace full back Lee Hills for £1.5 million. (The Sun)

Harry is also interested in signing Fenerbahce striker Mateja Kezman. (Daily Mail)

Pompey have beaten Spurs in the race to sign Lassana Diarra for £5.5 million. (The Mirror)

Wednesday 16th January

Steve Sidwell could join Pompey or Everton on loan after snubbing Sunderland. (The Sun)

Middlesbrough have joined the race to sign Matthew Taylor. (Daily Mail)

Pompey are close to agreeing a deal with Arsenal for Lassana Diarra. (The Guardian)

Thursday 17th January

Tottenham have told Pompey that Jermain Defoe is not available on loan, only a permanent transfer. (The Independent)

Pompey have told Sol Campbell to stop publicly criticising the club after his "lack of ambition" comments. (The Sun)

Friday 18th January

Djimi Traore is set to sign for Ligue Une side Rennes. (Various)

Lassana Diarra doesn't intend to stay at Pompey long, as he essentially using us as a stepping stone to get more recognition. Nothing like endearing yourself to the fans is there, Lassana? (Various)

Saturday 19th January

Portsmouth have taken Lucien Aubey on loan from Lens, with a view to a permanent deal. (Daily Express)

Sunday 20th January

Pompey are planning a £5 million bid for Mallorca striker Dani Guiza. (News of the World)

Newcastle want Sol Campbell. (Sunday Express)

Monday 21st January

Everton are going to make a £2 million move for out-of-favour midfielder Sean Davis. (Daily Mail) (Ed: Lazy journalism there. For "out-of-favour" see "injured".)

Pompey are interested in either a loan or permanent deal for Bobby Zamora. (Mirror)

Juande Ramos says he wants to keep Jermain Defoe at Tottenham now after making him captain on Saturday. (Times)

Newcastle want Sol Campbell (again). (Daily Star)

Hermann Hreidarsson's award for winning Iceland's player of the year award was a book on Icelandic grammar. Unfortunately the book was too big for him to bring back to England! (Mirror)

Tuesday 22nd January

Harry Redknapp wants to sign Peter Crouch. (Various)

Redknapp has also been linked with Milan Baros and Patrik Berger. (We know that already!) (Various)

Everton are interested in signing Sean Davis. (Times)

Wednesday 23rd January

Harry Redknapp is interested in signing Milan Baros. (Various) (Ed: Must be a slow news day....)

Ian Woan has blasted Pompey's youngsters after they were "bullied" by Plymouth's youth side and knocked out of the FA Youth Cup. (The News)

Thursday 24th January

Ed: Absolutely nothing regarding Pompey transfer rumours in the papers today, not even the regurgitated speculation about Crouch, Baros et al we keep reading about...

Friday 25th January

Pompey and Spurs are interested in £5 million valued Mateja Kezman who plays for Fenerbahce. (The Guardian)

Pompey's move for Milan Baros may not happen as the striker is concerned over complications about the deal and hasn't made up his mind. (The Times)

Reading have priced Pompey out of a move for Leroy Lita, who they value at £7 million. (The Times)

Harry Redknapp is set to offer Celtic £2.5 million for left-back Lee Naylor. (Daily Express)

Saturday 26th January

Jermain Defoe will end speculation over his future by signing a new deal with Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)

Sunday 27th January

Harry Redknapp is set to sign Milan Baros on Monday. (Sunday Express)

Monday 28th January

Ed: No tabloid trash reporting any rumours concerning Pompey today, though I did find the story about the Hawks players going on a £100,000 bender and putting on Liverpool's tab amusing.

Tuesday 29th January

Spanish side Murcia want Papa Bouba Diop. (Daily Mirror)

Wednesday 30th January

Man City have made a £5 million bid for Benjani. (Daily Mail)

Pompey may be tempted to sell if they can bring in Jonas Gutierrez from Mallorca before the deadline. (Various)

Thursday 31st January

Pompey are willing to offload Lauren to Mallorca as well as offer £5 million for Gutierrez. (Various)

Harry Redknapp is hoping to bring Jermain Defoe to Pompey, paving the way for Benjani to leave for Manchester City. (The Times)

Sacha Gaydamak has put Portsmouth FC up for sale. (The Times)

Other Rumours

Andres D'Alessandro could be taken back to Pompey on loan after falling out with his coach at Real Zaragoza. However, the coach was sacked recently so who knows what will happen now?

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