Transfer news and speculation, 19 August
Tuesday 19 August 2008
Portsmouth Manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed he wants to sign left-back Nadir Belhadj on loan from French club Lens.
Redknapp has limited funds and is looking for short-term deals including one for the 26-year-old Algeria international. "I'd like to get the Algerian, but don't know if I can," said Redknapp. "It would only be a loan. We have a problem on the right, too. We need someone with pace."
Portsmouth were exposed by Chelsea on Sunday, with Sylvain Distin furious with the defending at Stamford Bridge. "We didn't follow players, we didn't talk and we didn't communicate," said the Frenchman.
Distin criticised referee Mike Dean for awarding a penalty when he was struck by the ball, and he also questioned the new directives this season to encourage respect for officials. "We talk about respect but when it is completely unfair it is hard," Distin said. "The worst thing is when you say politely what you think and try to understand the decision you get a yellow card. I had a yellow card at the Community Shield the same way. I say I respect people the way they respect me.
"We are supposed to respect the rules and the referee, but it goes both ways. They have to respect the players too."
No Old Firm move for McFadden
Birmingham Striker James McFadden has ruled out a move to either Old Firm club due to the negativity that surrounds the Glasgow sides. The former Motherwell player has been linked to both Celtic and Rangers, the speculation increasing since the midlands club were relegated to the Championship.
Last week the 25-year-old was rumoured to be about to sign for Rangers but he said: "It's hard to tell [if he will be at Birmingham when the transfer window closes] but at the minute I'm there unless I'm told otherwise. I wouldn't entertain a move to Glasgow. I'm happy to be playing outside Scotland at the minute, especially with the kind of press that's been going about for Rangers and Celtic."
Gravesen confirms Parkhead departure
Celtic Thomas Gravesen's unsuccessful spell at Parkhead has finally ended. The Scottish champions have confirmed they have parted company with the Danish midfielder. Gravesen signed from Real Madrid in August 2006 but was unable to establish himself in Celtic's first team. He returned to former club Everton on loan last season but failed to win a permanent move to Goodison. Gravesen was not involved in the opening games against St Mirren and Dundee United.
What the fans are saying
Sell sulking Berba on and get in another striker. His dream of playing for Man U is new, bet he never had that dream when he was playing for Leverkusen, before we bought him. Just let him go please – he obviously don't want to wear a Spurs shirt any more.
Eddie05, on www.spurs11.com
Scolari's 4-3-2-1 – thumbs up from me! I know it's only the first game but we dominated from start to finish. We can pretty much go all-out attack at teams. With such a strong midfield we overpowered Portsmouth and should have been more than 4-0.
Muncey, from www.cfcnet.co.uk
We are the only team never to be beaten in the Premiership can anyone better this?
TROJ from www.hullcity-mad.co.uk
YESTERDAY'S COMPLETED MOVES
Scott McManus (unattached) to Crewe Alexandria - signed
Lee Sawyer (Chelsea) to Southend United - loan
Andy Webster (Rangers) to Bristol City - loan
Dean Sinclair (Charlton Athletic) to Cheltenham Town - loan
Latest in Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo: Unhappy forward is ready to quit Real Madrid, according to Angel Di Maria
Commonwealth Games 2014: Australia launch Glasgow swimwear - but are criticised for drawing attention to the 'crotch' area
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp concerned with Dortmund injuries and praises signings of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez: The many (animated) faces of Arsenal's Chilean forward
Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United: Ramon Calderon claims Real Madrid star is 'fed up'
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
- 5 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke