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Rumour Mill-Nugent Up for Sale for 1.5 Million?

Former Clarets loan, David Nugent heads a list of players that Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou wants to offload to raise 15m for the financially-stricken club.

Andronikou said: 'The reality of the situation is every player has his price. We are looking to make 15m from selling four to six players.'

An article in the Daily Mail suggests one of those players, Nugent will be put on the transfer list with an asking price of 1.5 million.

At that price they will be making a significant loss on their investment. Nugent arrived at Fratton Park in the summer of 2007 having signed from Preston North End for 6 million. Nugent came to the club on a high having earlier that year secured his first England cap in March 2007. He had made his debut as a late substitute for England in a Euro 2008 qualifying match against Andorra in Barcelona even scoring a late goal. It would however prove to be his only England game to date and his time at Portsmouth was not a happy one. He failed to make any impression although was often played out of position on the wing.

He eventually signed on loan for the Clarets in 2009.

Nugent returned to Fratton Park after his loan spell with the Clarets completed at the end of last season. He has made it plain that his future lies in the Premier League so it is unlikely that the Clarets would be able to bring him back to Turf Moor on a permanent deal following our relegation to the Championship.

His future at Portsmouth was also always in doubt after making it plain that he wanted to move away from the Hampshire club.

Pompey's demise and their relegation from the Premier League also doubly confirmed that Nugent was on borrowed time at Fratton Park.

There is of course one Premier League club at least that could be interested in David Nugent. Owen Coyle has always been an admirer of the 25 year old striker and before he jumped ship for the Reebok brought the former Bury and Preston striker to Turf Moor in a six months loan deal on 1st September 2009 (transfer window deadline date).

Brian Laws extended that deal in February 2010 to the end of the season but it had been reported that Coyle now at Bolton had been sniffing around to try and sign the player on a permanent deal.

It comes as no surprise therefore that the Daily Mail state that Bolton are now at the front of the queue to sign him.

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The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 21 2010

Time: 9:11AM

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1.5 million looks like a snip for a player that cost Pompey 6 million in 2007. He also I think impressed at Burnley in the top flight, so other Prem Clubs might be tempted at that price. Good luck to the lad, just another downside of being relegated!
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21/05/2010 09:19:00

He didn't impress me tmp. I wouldn't swap any of Fletcher, Paterson or Thompson for him.
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21/05/2010 09:56:00

Never mind the quality, or indeed the transfer price, clubs interested in any ex-Pompey players will be feeling the width of the expected monthly wage packet.
Couch Potato
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21/05/2010 09:59:00

Cannot really see which Prem Club will come in for Nugent apart from boyle, I don't think he set the Prem on fire with the Clarets but saying that he's still decent player but i would take Fletcher any day of the week over Nugent.
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21/05/2010 10:08:00

I actually liked Nuggent, however I don't think he is consistent enough for the PL so like fedup says unless Boyle comes in for him I can't really see him playing PL football next season.
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21/05/2010 10:27:00

What was his wage? 26,000 a week? No he didn't impress me either. On a wage like that, he should have scored at Old Trafford. He is not a patch on Pato, Thomo and of course Fletch and JayRod would give him a run too.....So thats a no thankyou then? At those weekly costs its a no brainer to me, good luck playing at Horwich if you get a game!
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21/05/2010 11:52:00

Hang on are we not being a bit unfair on Nugent? I am pretty sure Fletcher missed far more sitters than Nugent did? His brace against Sunderland? Arsenal goal? Think he would have scored more than the 5 he got in total this season had he played more often and more central. Had we not got demoted, Nugent would have been a snip at 1.5 million in my opinion.
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21/05/2010 12:00:00

Not bad for 1.5 million I agree butI'm not that sad he won't come back to the Turf. He thinks that he's better than what he is and I dont think he's prepared to put in the hard yards myself. He's a good Championship player but not much more. I'd rather have Thompson, he's not up himself and every bit as good.
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21/05/2010 12:43:00

We were paying Portsmouth 150,000 a month for him (according to administrators report). I wasn't convinced he was Premiership class and will never forget watching that miss at Old Trafford he should have buried. He never liked playing down the wings but never complained with us, although criticised Redknapp for doing the same at Portsmouth. Someone will pay 1.5 (WBA?)
Eyresy's Left Peg
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21/05/2010 13:05:00

I think Nugent is a brilliant player, always giving his all and putting in a high work rate which is an important aspect of team work. I for one hope that there is no interest from premiership clubs, and that we get him back to partner Fletcher. His weekly wage would have to fall in with whatever the club decide , so if there are no premiership offers, he'd have to take that. Look out championship if Nugent and Fletcher play together there.
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21/05/2010 13:12:00

Understand what you are saying tmp regarding Fletchers sitters after saying that the work rate he got threw and he was always at the end of the move whether he scored or not. If you compare the money aspect of Fletcher and Nugent, we payed 3m for Fletch now worth 7m, Nugent 6m to Pompey now worth 1.5m.
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21/05/2010 14:53:00

I think Nugent is probably worth more than 1.5m to be honest.Pompey are obviously trying to raise cash quickly to ease their financial problems by writing off some of their assets.
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21/05/2010 15:02:00

Pompey's AndyAdminstrator said ages ago (when the transfer window was specially opened for them) that they would be offering players at reduced prices so as to get their wages off their payroll; which is also why they let Grant go without compensation.
Couch Potato
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21/05/2010 15:37:00

I think you're right tmp reguarding there financial problems but who in there right mind are going to give him 26k a week thats where the problem is. The 1.5m is a fair price for someone who rarely played in the Prem until he came to Burnley and also i have not see many Teams interested in him at the knockdown price of 1.5m apart from Boyle.
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21/05/2010 15:45:00

We'd be mad to sign Nugent again - not worth the money and Championship quality at best. Another player who has an inflated opinion of his ability and wage power. Nothing wrong with confidence - but he didn't do enough for me last season to want to have him back.
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21/05/2010 17:40:00

I'm with you RT, it is the whole package you have to look at. Wage expectations being a good starting point. Would I be happy for Thomo to go then be able to buy and pay the wages of Nugent? Its a No from me. I can't remember which match it was away from home when he gave up on the team ethic, I was livid and it was before we re-loaned him. Minivr had to calm me down, he was blaming everybody and sulking whilst waving his arms like a demented windmill......Blake scored a cracker against Man Utd but if he finds another club so be it is my attitude. The only players who I really would be upset at losing, are Paterson and Fletcher.
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21/05/2010 20:19:00

NOTW Sun 23rd May today:BOLTON chief Owen Coyle wants David Nugent to join him at the Reebok this summer. Coyle took Nugent on loan to Burnley before he quit Turf Moor and remains an admirer of the former England striker. Nugent remains under contract with relegated Portsmouth, but he will be off the wage bill this summer. The striker is desperate to stay in the Premier League despite both his parent club and the Clarets sliding out of the top flight.
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23/05/2010 09:41:00

He wants loads of dosh. I think he is worth 1.5 million and we should offer him the same wage as Thomo no more no less.
Grimsby Claret
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23/05/2010 22:07:00


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