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Benjani in City Talks

Portsmouth striker Benjani is reportedly in talks at City with a view to completing a move to the blues in a 5 million deal.

The Portsmouth striker is currently sat third in the Premiership scoring charts with 12 goals so far this season.

It wasn't always the case for the Zimbabwean as he struggled to find his feet last season at Fratton Park which led to some criticism from Pompey's supporters.

Is Benjani the answer to City's scoring problems?




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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 31 2008

Time: 1:42PM

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5m we're giving him away. Got to be more!
storagematt
Believe the deal is done at 6 million what a bargain !!!
alphieblues
Would be an absolute steal at that price.
eastneydave
Clock ticking. All eyes on Ringway/Ashton New Road/Sportcity/Carrington/Arndale Centre: First one to spot City's new striker wins a Johnny Baguette signed croissant.
Johnny Baguette
Is Andy Cole available?
ronin
On a free naturally
ronin
Surely more than 5 mill? Even 6 seems low....
Tantona
oi sven...NO! hands off our Benji. Andy Legott, Benji got no stick from our fans last year, his workrate and enthusiasm are second to none, the fella is a legend down here. if you get him for anything less than 10 mill, it's a bargain. TBH, would rather he stayed with us and we didnt sign anyone else.
pompey4me
Wotcher pompey4me. Are there any truth in these Defoe to Pompey rumours beng the key to 'Arry sanctoning what would be an unbelievable coup were Benjani to sign for City?
Johnny Baguette
Take 3 million with Dickov, I think that is a good deal.
city 81
Dean Ashton spotted in Ashton anyone?
Johnny Baguette
Hi Johnny. Who knows about Defoe? TBH, rather keep Benji, I always saw Benji alongside Defoe, not Instead of! There will be a backlash toward 'arry i'm sure if Benji goes, that'll be 3 fans favourites in the space of 6 months! Gary Oneill, Matty Taylor, and Benji. If you do manage to get him, he is in my opinion amazing. Not for his goals, but he workrate and enthusiasm for the team. Dont know how he will respond to Sven tho, seems like the type of player who likes uncle 'arry to put his arm around his shoulders and say well done son, not Sven's way I shouldnt think?
pompey4me
Interesting stuff, pompey4me. We've heard some good things about Svennis coming out of the Carrington training complex. He's said to talk to every player on an indiviudal basis regularly. I've come to appreciate his dry wit and the dignified way he goes about his business. I know we a re playing *****e right now but I feel reassured with Sven at the controls!!
Johnny Baguette
I do not think we will succeed contract with Benjani, I think it will be same Mido story in last season .
city 81
Fair enough Johnny, it just doesnt seem like his persona to speak to individuals. Like I say, if you get Benji he will be great for you, hope you dont tho, cos i want him to stay here.
pompey4me
pompey4me, Please accept (3 + Dickov) deal !
city 81
JB Ashton I wish.
Buzz Lightyear
Spurs have agreed fee for Defoe, It depends of Defoe now, I don't know if i would move because there is a chance of a medal with the carling cup, but Spurs have bought for big money in this window and may need to recoup some. No news re the other guy from Equador whose name I cannot spell without looking it up.
Buzz Lightyear
please please please dont go for benjani! its bad enough saying goodbye to matty taylor this trasfer window, and he was let out softly as he wasnt playing, but benji...no, please no! Would i accept 3million+dickov? NO. would i accept 6 million? NO. would i accept 9 million? NO would i accept 12 million? getting closer...but still NO. would i accept 15 million? tempted, but NO. i just DO NOT WANT TO SEE HIM GO!!!!
pompeycarpet
(very distraught pompey fan here)
pompeycarpet
Sporting Life says that reports are that he has turned down the move "Andreas is probably staying here, it now looks that way," City's Tord Grip told Sportbladet."He is able to go on loan to Galatasaray and get a game."But that is what he doesn't want to do and we cannot do much more."
Buzz Lightyear
Pompeycarpet, 'arry stole Sylvain Distin from us, you keep Benjani and send back SD.
Buzz Lightyear
Caicedo and theres no q in Ecuador, looked it up but dont know how to pronounce it.
Buzz Lightyear
Buzz, thats true ref. Distin, what a player that guy is, immense.
pompey4me
OK Pompy there is a new deal, Take 3 + dickov + Geovanni & also Sven if you want , But please GIVE US BENJANI .
city 81
BL, If you want the Truth, We are stolen Geovanni from them :)
city 81
yep, we stole distin, you stole geovanni...the tw cancel out dont they? ;-). Sven...now THAT is an intrestig proposition...and had HR left, then i would have taken it. but he didnt...
pompeycarpet
True city 81, you did! Dont want Dickov, too old, never liked him. Dont want sven, we need a more cavalier charcter than that down here. Dont want to give you Benji, especially not for less than 10 mill, in this day and age, he's worth every penny of it, i will be surprised if sven can get the best ou tof him like 'arry does.
pompey4me
Sky says we have signed Caicedo on 4 and half year deal.
Buzz Lightyear
pronounced Sea Say Doe. easy!!!
Buzz Lightyear
Look pompey4me I wil Tell you the secret about Dickov, It is good player, When the another team sow him in the pench, They will say WOW if Dickov set in pinch then who is player!! & When they dont see him not player & not set in pinch, They say WOOOOOW Who are playing & who set in pench, That is the secret, I wish now that you understand the importance of Dickov.
city 81
Tell you what football pals, we're under 5 hours to go and still no sky blue smoke over Benjani! This is dramatic stuff! Is Defoe heading for the south coast then lads?
Johnny Baguette
Dickov to plackpool >> http://www.newsnow.co.uk/cgi/NGoto/255620485?-1808&Session=3UVkPEt8sEVVHUFCsiww1P51Dw2
city 81
Blackpool get the secret !
city 81
long story, everyone (apart from bbc and official sites) are saying he is as good as signed. Totenham fans think its a load of %$&. and amongst all this, we are still being linked to striker Jonas Gutierrez from mallorca (10 million). very confusing, i am praying benjani doesnt leave, but all we can do is wait and see!
pompeycarpet
Johnny Baguette, Are you serious you Believe Story of Benjani & the 5 million !!!
city 81
well, im worried about it. we have only operated on a 1 in, 1 out basis, so if we WILL get defoe, mit only follows that someone will leave. hey, would you like to buy nugent? he is worth 5 million!
pompeycarpet
Good luck to Paul Dickov, he will do well at Blackpool. Caicedo left footed striker or left wing. Heard that Benjani 8.5 million, I bet they show it as undisclosed, if they transfer goes through. Time running out and it is down to Defoe at the moment.
Buzz Lightyear
Pompeycarpet Nugent is worth how much? 'Arry bought a pup there!
Buzz Lightyear
cant remember the last time pompey made a transfer and revelaed the fee - so it would almost certainly be undisclosed. 8.5 million is nearing the amounbt he is worth...well, its still miles off...but its an improvement on the 6 million originaly quoted. Time is running out, and i just hope defoe signs at 5 minutes to midnight, and we keep both players!
pompeycarpet
Jonas Gutierrez is a good player, He play 5 game, Injured 5 games & Sleep 5 games !
city 81
You made a profit 'Arry has left for St Marys oops sorry Fratton Park
Buzz Lightyear
City 81 we were supposed to be looking at Gutierrez but I think all that has been paper talk.
Buzz Lightyear
nugent...we baught him for 6 million, and he hasnt really settled yet. he is young, and has experiance at international level, with 1 goal in 1 game - you cant beat that!!! - so sure, 5 million...bargain!
pompeycarpet
anyway, why would you want benji? he has scorred 2 hatricks, and a brace - so thats 8 of his 12 goals in just 3 games. his goal scorring record may look good, but its not really amazing... ...who am i trying to kid? hes a great player, please doont sign him!
pompeycarpet
'Arry is a very astute guy and normally makes very good buys, but I just couldn't se what he saw in Nugent, even Derby don't want him now.
Buzz Lightyear
The ink is drying as we speak PC
Buzz Lightyear
BL, He is 29 years of age, If you pay him now 10mill you will sold him after two years at half the amount, Not good for investment.
city 81
He will get us into Europe and that will repay his fee and when we sell him, it will still be a profit even if it is for less than we bought him for. Anyway is it not your bedtime in Kuwait, it must be at least 2330 .
Buzz Lightyear
i dont think the ink is drying...yet...as the ink for defoe isnt drying and we wont sell unless we have him for certain! i also doubt benji will be the player you are expecting him to be too...but thats just personal... and also, i have yet to see anything other than "reported" links, and normally by this stage, you see something moe certain...dont you?
pompeycarpet
You are right PC Benjani was not on my list of players, 'Arry has spoken to Defoe and he says he is looking forward to playing for Pompey. My worry about Defoe is, that hi is not and never has been a first team regular, there nust be something wrong as when he takes to the field he always looks hungry. If you have watched any City matches this season you will see that we create chances but have no one to find the back of the net. If we create the same amount for Benji then he will score some of them. I think the quote of the day was a comment in the MUEN some wrote that if Vassell had been the one to fire three shots at John Lennon, he would still be alive today. brilliant!!
Buzz Lightyear
BL, Now the time in kuwait 23.20, The window close time will be 3.00 AM, My eyes will be closed possible after two hours :)
city 81
benji is more of the same really! he scored 6 goals up untill this season, and 6 of his goals have come in ust 2 games this season. BUT, good news for you guys (***** news for me) is that it looks like dee has signed for us. or at least will do so, for certain.
pompeycarpet
City 81 Go to bed I think Benjarni deal is a formality now that Defoe has said he wants to go to Pompey.
Buzz Lightyear
PC have a good season and I hope Defoe is good for you except of course you know when.
Buzz Lightyear
Benjani is he the new "Goat" we've been waiting for ???
alphieblues
alphieblues, There is another new striker from South America called Caicedo, maybe it will like Goat.
city 81
ok, i am now just resigning myself to my fate.i was holding out that it was only specualtion linking benji to you...turns out its not. Harry is confident of getting defoe, so you will probably get benji.
pompeycarpet
city81 I think Caicedo is one for the future, we need a new "Goat" NOW.
alphieblues
have a great season, i will have to add you to the teasm i follow, as, of my top 3 players last season, we now havne none left - with gary oneil and matty tsylor both leaving too. Good luck, and i hope benji can either fire you into the top 4, or play completly crap, and get you relegated ;-) no...good luck, hope we can beat you, after all, you are getting th 5th best player in the PL (actim stats) for relativly nothing!
pompeycarpet
but basicly, be patient with benji, he took a whilse to settle at pompey, and dipite his 12 goals so far, dont expect him to score many for you, as his support play is what makes him special, and the goals are a bonus. let him feel loved, and he will love you in return - Good Luck!!!
pompeycarpet
alphieblues, OK sir, I will do the impossible to bring Benjani to Eastland.
city 81
you (will) have possibly the greatest african player in the world (at the moment)! dont waste him
pompeycarpet
T Minus 3 hours and counting: Miller to West Brom permanent, Dickov to Blackpool. Dabo to Lazio. Evans loaned to end of season at Norwich. The squad is shrinking!! What an offload by Sven. Isaksson staying on however, but clock ticking. Will the Benjani rumour become reality? MCFC.CO.UK remains silent on incoming signings. Caicedo still not confirmed by the club.
Johnny Baguette
One bit of bad news the Baggies have snapped up Ishmael for 1.5 million an absolute giveaway price.
alphieblues
So just to recap this month, the offloaded wages are: Rolando Bianchi (loan) Ched Evans (loan) Ishmael Miller (perm. undisc.) Danny Mills (loan) Georgios Samaras (loan) Paul Dickov (loan) - Bernardo Corradi and Matthew Mills (already on season long loans)
Johnny Baguette
pompeycarpet, Ok but Mr.alphieblues want him, You must be taken into account, Ok you dont want to sell him I understand that, Give us him on loan 10 years, I think now it is good deal, The satisfaction of all parties.
city 81
Transfer Latest - getting reports City have confirmed the junior signing of Philip Mancini - son of Roberto who is good friends with Sven. He'll be playing next week then!
Johnny Baguette
Transfer Latest - Info from Manchester: Sky sports have reporters live at Eastlands & Pompey. They have just interviewed Harry as he arrived.
Johnny Baguette
yep, looks like defoe is signing, and doing a medical at the moment, so benji could be yours...:-(
pompeycarpet
If Sven pulls this out of the bag it would be the biggest January transfer coup for some time. What an extraordinary evening. What have they all been doing all month??
Johnny Baguette
we need another article heading on the loss of Miller. In a few years a strike partnership with him and Sturridge would have been deadly, why we let him go, and for that money I have no idea. His stike rate in the Championship is far better than our new Ecudorian in the Swiss league, which I can't see being a tougher league than facing Championship, veteran, hard nosed defender every week. Simply mystified.
BlueCanadian
also who the bloody 'ell voted for either Sun or Vassell for MOTM against Derby? Obviously some County fans putting us on.
BlueCanadian
Agreed BC. The lad was played relentlessly out of position and was another screamed at by top England coach the Touchline Jester, shattering confidence. Then he got lost in The Sven Revolution. Good luck to the lad but if only we had played him as an out an out attacker who knows?! Jim Cassell's Academy is amazing.
Johnny Baguette
biggest januarry transfer coup...i thought it would be diarra, but i really didnt see benji leaving. you have a truly great player. i am upset...very upset.
pompeycarpet
Sun Jihai. Signed by Mad Kev no less than 6 years ago by Mad Kev. He has made 88 league appearances for us, 33 as sub, bagging 3 goals. That makes Sinclair and Reyna look lAlan Oakesesque in comparison. What's all that about then? As if we didn't know already..
Johnny Baguette
Not sealed yet pompeycarpet, you never know with these deranged last minute situations. Good giref, last year Pearce and Wigley went after Andy O'Brien and Mido FFS and they fell through at the 11th hour!!
Johnny Baguette
The level of Division one not like a level of premier league .
city 81
I don't think Benji will do as well for you as he did for us. I'm sorry to see Benji go but if Defoe signs it is the best deal for us.
storagematt
Scoop from Bomber Clinto via Rupert's Boys, Harry hoping to push through the deal before the close of the transfer window, but admits Benjani will not join City, if Defoe fails to sign on the dotted line. "Hopefully it will be okay," Redknapp told Sky Sports News. "He's arriving here any minute, so hopefully we can get something done. "It's all ready to go. We've got to sort out a few bits with him and hopefully it will be sorted out tonight. "If we don't do a deal with Jermain then Benji won't go. Benji's done great for me, don't get me wrong, he's a good player. "When I brought him here, everybody criticised him early on, but he's been terrific for me."
Johnny Baguette
WOW JB, How I caught the news about Mancini, News just now start talking !
city 81
not entirely sure who this "everyone" is...as pompey fans all loved him...oh well...
pompeycarpet
Benjani v Defoe Head to head - Benjani over 2 years at Pompey, League Appearances: 62 (8) Goals: 19 / Defoe over 4 years at Spurs, League Appearances 88 (51) Goals: 43
Johnny Baguette
WBA re Miller: The deal is 900,000 up front with performance-related add-ons that could take the fee to a maximum of 1.4 million. He's signed a three and a half year contract.
Johnny Baguette
T Minus 2 hours and official transfer confirmation by the clubs still not released.
Johnny Baguette
but the defoe to pompey is now waiting for benji to sign. its going to happen. and dont just look at the stats, benji does work for the team, he doesnt just play for himself like defoe.
pompeycarpet
pompeycarpet :) , You will see him in a same T.shirt color .
city 81
Spuds fans saying Defoe will go as he has a chance to be the main man at Pompey. Surely fitness is a big issue here. 88 appearance in 4 years is not great but what a strike record!
Johnny Baguette
Who's playing the mind games Sven or 'arry...I guess we have offered 6 million take it or leave it now that Defoe has accepted terms.
alphieblues
Sound like it's in the balance. All eyes on Sportcity...
Johnny Baguette
god, i hope we get more than 6 million for benji! that would be a travisty! defoe is a done deal though now...
pompeycarpet
pompeycarpet... I think you paid 6 million for Defoe so the Benji deal is a no brainer.
alphieblues
We're approaching the T minus 1 hour mark, still no official confirmation of the signings. Anything up to a 9 million Defoe fee is knocking around the web, alph. What's the betting the delay at Eastlands involves fecking agents??
Johnny Baguette
I think the deal between the clubs was agreed it was a case of whether we could sign Defoe. Now it seems we have I can't see why there should be a problem.
storagematt
benji has been playing though injury all this time. he will be having trouble with his medical. that his the passion and loyalty he shows, will deofe do it for us now? i doubnt it.
pompeycarpet
Come On City, get weaving. I'm poised to go into dramatic deadline print here...
Johnny Baguette
Transfer Creaking News: SKY Just confirmed Benjani just arrived at Eastlands at 2310 GMT. This is going to the wire...
Johnny Baguette
Just to while away the last few minutes JB.... I notice that the two signings ...SORRY ONE AND ONE TO COMPLETE...were AGAIN never mentioned in your recent list that were touted by the media. Well done Sven for fooling them all once again !!!
alphieblues
Er, yes. That's correct, alph. He's a wiley fox and no mistake. Just learnt from Bomber Control meanwhile that one Willie McKay is handling the paperwork while Benjani continues to do laps around the stadium, timed by Alisdare Mackintosh...
Johnny Baguette
Tell you what, if I was Jermain Defoe, I'd be *****ting myself. He's burnt his Spurs bridges and if Benjani trips over he's going back to the Lane's bench...
Johnny Baguette
I did notice that Willie Wonker had handled Benji's last move from Auxerre. I thought OH no here we go again.
alphieblues
p.s It was also one of the deals that was under investigation by the F.A.
alphieblues
That's handy to know alph, (gulp!)
Johnny Baguette
Great player guys. Hard worker but not a great finisher. You have to get behind him or else your money will be a waste. He'll be forever remembered in Pompey fans hearts.
stillthewhizz
You have got a player there guys, we love him down here, but he kinds of feeds off that. i said to Johnny B earlier that he needs an arm round his shoulder and to be told well done son! treat him right, dont expect a 20 goal a year man and you got a good deal! Bye Benji and thanks.
pompey4me
Deal not done yet lads. He only pitched up at 2310 to close the deal and there are confusing stories surrounding Eastlands.
Johnny Baguette
Well sod it I'm off to bed now.
alphieblues
Post midnight the official site has confirmed the Felipe Caicedo signing. So that's one in the bag.
Johnny Baguette
Caicedo will not be available for selection against Arsenal this weekend.
Johnny Baguette
0052: For anybody still out there, Tottenham's official website has confirmed that Jermain Defoe has joined Pompey for an undisclosed fee. Sorry, Pompey, gave you some duff info off soccerbase earlier. Defoe played for Spurs 177 times and netted 64 times!
Johnny Baguette
do u reckon u'll still get benji? caicedo sounds good, and we've signed defoe, and everyone is quiet on the benji front. mysterious...
jbaker
0237 GMT: BENJANI DEAL OFF. City official site confirms this was due to pleayrs late arrival in Manchester. Stunning!
Johnny Baguette
sad to see benli leave us but we got double what we paid and we got Defoe. Harry truelly is the transfer king
plymouth graham
ps Thank you Benji
plymouth graham
LOL, funniest story of the transfer window!
spurjon
Nice one Benji! Or was it 'Arry's sabotage of the chauffeurs GPS system that swung it?
Tantona
Good signing if you can get him,will do well will elano and petrov in the side.
MFC67
What is happening with this deal. Is it going through or not. Last night I thought you'd blown it, today it seems the deal is still alive. If he comes hope he does well.
spurjon
Well is this going through or not ... Last I heard he was sat in a otel room in Manchester not being able to play for either Spurs or City... Whatever happens I just hope he's happy ... if he goes to you you have a guy who will work his socks off for you... if he comes back to us he'll be welcomed with open arms... But just one word of warning.. If you think he's an out and out stiker he ain't.. he's no fox in the box...
Chix
 

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