Thursday Tidbits

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 20 November 2008
There has been a few scraps of noteworthy news emerging from Portsmouth FC and the press, so here's a summary:

1) Peter Storrie has denied that anyone has made a formal offer for PFC amid more takeover rumours from a South African consortium.

Surely there has to be something going on behind the scenes as agents have been quoted and the speculation is just too strong for something not to be happening. Like Storrie though, I'm getting bored with all the stories about our finances and just wish this takeover would happen if it's going to.

2) The new stadium plans have suffered another setback...sorta...

Once again, those guys at The News have sensationalised a story about the new stadium plans suffering a new setback. Whatsmore, the story is old and everybody knows about the changes to the plans anyway!

But the local rag is also reporting that Pompey officials and the council have come to blows over the whole affair but once again Peter Storrie has denied this and accused The News of twisting the story to try and cause friction between the council and PFC.

I'm not surprised that The News has sensationalised these reports as they've always been renouned for their over-the-top headlines and trying to make a mountain out of a molehill. After all, sensationalism sells papers and so I don't blame them for doing it, but going by recent readers' comments it looks like they may have to change their style...

3) 15 players are out of contract at the end of the season, and Tony Adams needs to decide their futures.

Sol Campbell, Sean Davis, Richard Hughes, Linvoy Primus, Kanu, Glen Little, Noe Pamarot, Hermann Hreidarsson, Jerome Thomas, Lauren, Djimi Traore, Jean Francois-Christophe, Richard Duffy and two others won't be playing for Pompey next season unless their contracts are renewed.

This news probably deserves an article of its own, so I'll come back to this one sometime next week.

4) Pompey goalkeeping coach David Coles signs a contract extension until 2011.

After Spurs goalkeeping coach Hans Leitart was removed from his post it looked certain that Harry Redknapp would try and poach Coles from Pompey but thankfully that will now not be the case. Thanks for showing some loyalty Dave.

5) Jermain Defoe should be OK for Hull.

Despite suffering an injury whilst playing for England it looks like it wasn't that bad and the Pompey striker isn't out for three weeks like earlier speculation suggested. Instead, it looks like he will available to face the Tigers at Fratton Park on Saturday although Sol Campbell and Niko Kranjcar will once again be missing.

6) Adams wants to sign Nadir Belhadj permanently.

The Pompey gaffer has been just as impressed as we have by the Algerian's performances this season and Peter Storrie revealed that he is going to try and sign him on a permanent deal in January.

An agreement with parent club RC Lens was made before the loan which gives Pompey first option on the 26-year-old for a pre-agreed fee that Storrie says it should be a "hell of a deal".

Whilst he may lack in the defensive department for a left back, his energy, surging runs and commitment to the cause has made him a firm favourite at Fratton Park during his short time here. Now all we need is a good song for him...

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