It’s hardly a secret that Pompey are cash-strapped at the moment, with no new signings likely when the transfer window re-opens in January. However, the speculation that’s been doing the rounds revolves around one or two top players leaving Fratton Park in the winter, something that the Portsmouth manager simply won’t stand for.
The Guardian reports that Tony Adams is ready to call Alexandre Gaydamak’s bluff, by hinting that he won’t be around to manage the team unless the club hang on to their best players. Since Harry Redknapp left for Tottenham, there have been rumours regarding David James, Lassana Diarra and Jermain Defoe all going to White Hart Lane, something that won’t be to Adams liking one bit.
“Big offers? I can’t wait … because the owner has been very supportive and, although I’ve not made an issue of it, I’ve told him that everyone stays who I want to stay or I don’t do the job. I told him that at the very start. He was very supportive of Harry and now he’s being very supportive of me. He phones me on the way home and says, “What do you want, Tony, how can I help you?” And I say keep Defoe where he is and there’s no problem. He says, “Fine, anything else?”‘
Do Portsmouth fans think that Jermain Defoe will stay at Fratton Park all season? Perhaps Pompey might struggle to keep hold of Diarra, who was quite clear when signing for the South Coast club that he saw the move from Arsenal as a stop-gap measure. Nevertheless, the Frenchman is still among the ranks, although the club’s owners might be faced with a few dilemmas once the offers start flooding in. Would Tottenham fans like to see Defoe back at the Lane?