Pompey could finally find out this week whether or not they will get their man. The man in question is none other than Manchester City captain, Richard Dunne.
There had been much speculation that the 28-year-old would leave the City of Manchester Stadium and move to pastures new. Dunne had been consistently linked with moves to Tottenham, Newcastle and Portsmouth, however Portsmouth always seemed to be front runners, moving the quickest to sign him up.
The move was expected to go through earlier this week however it seems to have hit a ‘snag’. Possible reasons for this include the agent haggling to get more money or the player wanting extra incentives. The most likely reason for the sudden disruption in the move is the announcement of City’s new manager, Mark Hughes.
It is believed that the central defender is now considering his options and is looking into the possibility at staying on with City, following Mark Hughes appointment. Harry Redknapp however remains hopeful the City star will sign on the dotted line and join ex-City players Sylvain Distin and David James.
Redknapp told The News, “Richard Dunne is a player I like,”
Bit of a Problem
“I would love to bring him here, and (Portsmouth chief executive) Peter Storrie has been doing the work on it.
“It does seem to be dragging on a bit at the moment, but hopefully he can meet with him again and see what we can do.
“Maybe Mark Hughes going there as manager is part of the problem.
“But I think there’s a bit of a problem with the deal or something, though.
“We should know where we are going with it in the next couple of days. If we were to get him it would be great.
“He’s a powerful player and he would make us very strong at the back. We’ll have to see what happens.”
Who will stay? Who will go?
If Dunne did sign then that would mean either Campbell or Distin would have to drop to the bench or Harry would have to change the formation. A lot of fans seem to think that Harry will stick with 4-4-2 formation next season but if you look at the players Harry has at disposal you may think differently. Harry could go for a 3-4-1-2 formation, one that was used in our Championship winning season in 02/03, a system that employed wingbacks. It would suit players like Johnson and Kranjcar fine and enable Campbell, Distin and Dunne to play. It would finally give fans the chance to see Kranjcar play in his most suited role, behind the two strikers. It’s fair to say that Kranjcar has been played out of position since he has come to the club, however that hasn’t stopped him showing glimpses of quality. It would give Pompey more of an attacking threat and a chance to see the best of Niko.
Bizarrely many Pompey fans believe that Campbell is ‘past it’ and someone who has lost ‘their touch’. Without this man we wouldn’t have won the FA Cup, simply because of his performance against Manchester United in the Quarter Final at Old Trafford. Yes I admit Campbell has his ‘off-game’ but do you expect every footballer to play perfect every week? At the end of the day he has experience. He’s been there, done it and got the winner’s medal. He has a winning mentality and wants to win every game. He’s a great leader as well, he’s voiceful and shouts his opinion on the pitch and off it. Some fans were disgusted with Sol’s comments against the club and it’s current facilities. He was only telling the truth and it is something that does desperately need to be improved. Thankfully Mr Gaydamark and Mr Storrie are on top of this and a new training ground in Gosport is on it’s way to being built.
If Dunne did come to Portsmouth, I have no doubt that he would improve the defence and the stature of the club. He’s a fantastic player, no doubt about it. However I do not think the arrival of Dunne would signify the end of Campbell’s Portsmouth career. Sol has a lot more to offer, on the pitch and off it. He can attract ‘big name players’ here suppposedly as well as remaining a force on the pitch.
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