Transfer Tales Episode VIII
Dean Keily has signed from Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee. It can't be much for a 35 year old goalkeeper but Keily has plenty of experience under his belt to add to the decent ability he has and he would certainly be an improvement on young Jamie Ashdown who will now be coached by David Coles who Pompey poached from Southampton and an even better improvement on Sander Westerveld. He'll probably go straight into the first team for our FA Cup tie against Liverpool.
Where do I start?
I'll begin with Souleymane Diawara, the Sochaux centre back is currently on African duty with Senegal and we've reportedly had a bid rejected for him already. More on that as it develops so next we move onto other players linked with us today starting with the two of the more usual suspects in Benni McCarthy and John Hartson who have been linked to us already because of our new spending "power". Both have claimed to be happy at their clubs but you never know...
Do you remember that Harry was after a left sided player who plays in Germany? Well that player might just happen to be Jacek Krynowek who plays for Bayer Leverkusen currently. Good things have been touted about the Polish left sider and I remember him scoring a belter against Liverpool in the Champions League last season too. Andy Reid was another left sided player being linked to Pompey also but no more speculation has been coming from that story currently.
The Matthew Taylor specualtion seems to have died down recently but it's our other left sided player who apparently wants out. Gregory Vignal is supposedly waiting upon a move to Newcastle United because he wants to play for Greame Souness. I'm not sure if that move would improve the Geordies' already useless defence however the Toon do like to take an unpopular player from us, just like we do for them.
I know I'm late with this but I couldn't possibly end this column without saying goodbye to Kostas Chalkias. Suprisingly he only made six appearnces for us although to many Pompey fans it would probably seem like an entire season after the amount of stick he got. "Cost Us" is now going to have to find another home but that's probably going to be difficult.