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Rumour Mill-Sven wants Nugent..and Howe!

Former loan striker, David Nugent is out of contract at Portsmouth at the end of the month and already speculation is growing that he could be leaving Fratton Park despite the huge cash injection reportedly being put forward by the new owners.

It would appear Eddie Howe could be interested in bringing back the 26 year old former, Bury and Preston forward to Turf Moor but could face strong competition from Leicester manager, Sven Goran Eriksson.

Nugent moved to Portsmouth in a 6m deal in 2007 but never really established himself in the side. He returned to Fratton Park after his loan spell at Burnley fully expecting to leave and achieve his ambition of staying in the Premier League. New Pompey manager and former Clarets gaffer, Steve Cotterill though persuaded him to stay despite Portsmouth also being relegated along with Burnley back into the Championship at the end of the 2009-10 season.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 10 2011

Time: 1:54PM

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I do like old Nugent, if he wants to come back! Think he may have realised his Premier League ambitions could be on hold unless he can help a Championship club get promoted. No doubt we will hear the usual crap that we didn't sign him because he would break our wage cap. Yawn, seems everybody has a higher wage cap than the Clarets!
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10/06/2011 13:59:00

I wonder, tmp, if that might be about to change? (I already posted what follows here at the end of the long-running Kilkenny thread, but it seems relevant here too, and I suspect people have finished with that other debate.) For those who want to try to keep up with the changing economic world of footy, there's more about the FL's new 'financial fair play' initiatives, which were recently agreed in principle at the FL's meeting in Cyprus, at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13724949.stm. If you click through to (the other) Paul Fletcher's blog from that webpage, you'll find this news from 4 April: "The Football League has signed a three-year deal with Sky Sports, giving the broadcaster exclusive rights to show live matches from the 2012-13 season. The deal, worth 195m, marks a drop from the current 264m agreement with Sky and the BBC. Football League chairman Greg Clarke said it had been a challenging climate to negotiate in. The BBC said that it had been unable to make a competitive bid for live broadcast rights. Under the new agreement, Sky Sports will broadcast 75 matches from across the Npower Football League, the play-offs including all three finals, 15 matches from the Carling Cup including both legs of each semi-final and the final, the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and at least two matches from the preceding rounds. Sky will also show match highlights. The Football League said it was in ongoing discussions with broadcasters regarding free-to-air highlights." Fletcher speculates that this has been a significant factor in getting the FL to start determinedly down the road to 'financial fair play'. I can't convince myself, but are we actually seeing a very quiet June because clubs are trying to engineer a downward spiral in wages?
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10/06/2011 15:39:00

I would be happy for Nugent to join Jay, Austin and Pato. Can we pay his wage demands?
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10/06/2011 16:25:00

Put it this way VR, I would be annoyed if Leicester can & do! 25k/week at Pompey (Prem contract), I believe but surely he will now have to lower his expectations at non-Prem level?
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10/06/2011 16:50:00

TMP - Leicester will have the biggest spending power in the league this season I imagine. They have got money to burn. Leicester are my tip to win the league. I would be amazed if we can beat Leicesters offer in terms of contract. In any sense, the ability to beat/match a contract offer is not the only point - what is he worth? Would you want Nugent if he became our highest paid player for example?
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10/06/2011 17:54:00

I'd be amazed if we could beat Rossendale United's! Our highest paid player will be on peanuts knowing this Board and they will once more be blinkered by a salary cap rather than the ability of a player to contribute high quality and enhance our promotion chances so we can reap far greater financial rewards. When are we going to break this pathetic circle and try something new? If we fail to get Cork and they mention salary cap as the reason,it will say it all. If he goes to Southampton after all their financial plight. it will say even more if that's possible!
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10/06/2011 18:07:00

As you all know Turf man and me share the same song sheet!!, but don't get me started, to many long posts on this from me in the last 48 hours .............. boys ......fortune favours the brave !
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10/06/2011 19:22:00

Would like to see Nugent signed but would be surprised if we do. My feeling is that we will be getting players looking to move up a division or perhaps moving sideways. Players moving down will be too expensive, transfer fees or wages, unless well over 30 and we do not want many of those and then only top performers.
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10/06/2011 21:06:00

we are going to be an Ex PNE team at this rate
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11/06/2011 08:58:00

..and Preston ex-Burnley? Cort, Iwelumo
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11/06/2011 09:02:00

Keep the posts coming, Hollins. I'm inclined to agree with Cornwall that PL 'not quite good enoughs' carry high prices at poor value. I would add my suspicion that they can sometimes mess up squad psychology, around a web of issues including self-belief, hunger, humility and hubris. Did Cotts get Nuge's head sorted? Didn't get a huge goal tally out of him. If Howe's bidding for him, I'll back Eddie's judgement on that, and always smile when I think of Nuge's goal at the Ars.
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11/06/2011 09:44:00

Be interested to know what Pompey fans think about Nugent now! They slated him like mad before Cotts showed faith in the guy! What do they think now he is leaving? Come and tell us Pompey fans!
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11/06/2011 12:01:00

Finances and wage agreements permitting, I'd love to see Nugent back at Turf Moor. As VR says, he'd be a perfect addition to Pato, J Rod and Austin, although we're still waiting to see how Austin is going to fit in.
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12/06/2011 16:19:00

We also have Wes Fletcher waiting in the winga too! His turn will surely come next season unless they send him out on loan again. Nugent though is a class act in my opinion at this level
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12/06/2011 16:39:00

Why is everybody so keen to see Nugent back? He showed what he thought of Burnley when he was on loan. Couldn't wait to hand in his notice as soon as we got relegated. Sorry, but it would be a mistake to sign him on a permanent basis.
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16/06/2011 23:50:00

You have a point CC although I am always prepared to give a bloke one last chance. If he gets his head down and does not get delusions of grandeur about being a Prem player, he could bang in a skin full like he used to do for Preston
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