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Pompey chimes lure Watford's Willo

So, £2m Tommy joins Pompey (and just about keeps hold of his legendary status for upsetting Reading) but it appears he`s not the only Hornet with his head being turned by the filthy luca on offer today at Fratton Park.

Oh no, just hours after news of a multi-million pound takeover at Portsmouth and towering Watford centre back, Mike Williamson, slaps in a transfer request after Pompey make an official swoop for his services…

…pssssh. We would have gotten away with it had it not have been for that pesky Sulaiman Al-Fahim!!!

Still, it`s all a bit worrying though. Big Mike`s only been here 2 minutes and already he wants rid. Well, that`s gratitude for saving him from a career in the lower leagues, for you. 4 years in the Wycombe wilderness before a 4 year deal with Watford and even before the ink`s dry, Willo wants to play big time charlie in the big league…

…is there no loyalty in football any more?

Thankfully, the very likeable Jimmy Russo has put Williamson back in his rather large box and refused his request to speak to the new money at Pompey but you do wonder if it`s only a matter or time before this becomes the latest saga to rock our Watford world!

What we don`t know is what kind of dent Portsmouth`s bid for Williamson would actually make in an instant savers account somewhere in Dubai. £3m? £4m even? Well, anything less than we`d expect the Watford board to dismiss it out of hand.

(Think Brum`s £5m move for Roger Johnson as a fair guideline - and Mike`s a better defender).

If the sale of Tamas Priskin to those Tractor Boys was "not for financial reasons" as we`ve been told by Mr Russo then there can be even less incentive to flog our best defender before the window slams shut.

With a bag load of man of the match awards to his name and, more importantly, a wage that works within the Hornets new structure, there should be no need for Watford to move Williamson on for anything less than 3 x his true market value - unless the new open, honest Watford board haven`t been so open and er, honest.

He certainly shouldn`t be seen as a poor man`s replacement for Sylvain Distin.

What we don`t know is the actual state of the club coffers at Vicarage Road these days.

However, here at VitalWatford, we have a sneaky feeling the speculation surrounding Williamson - be it Villa, Newcastle or those Fratton Park hijackers - could well give us a fair indication of where we stand.




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Writer: Dr Watford Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 27 2009

Time: 8:56PM

Your Comments

u rate him that high?? never heard of him before today..
pompeyhussler
Does he score the odd goal aswell,is he quick,or just awkward?
JASON R
To the Pompey Sheiks, Mike's Big, Strong, Quick and uncomplicated. Will improve for sure. Our Problem is the sell-on clause we agreed with Wycombe. £4 Million and and a cheap replacement & he'll be off.
RFB-gloryhornetboys
Willwholliamson; we surely won't be paying that 3-4 million amount for a cover player! You lot probably have more money than us just without the premiership opposition and a touch of humility
russellm
No way we are paying £3 / £4 for him, especially after selling Distin for about £4-5! I am not sure this is the right move. We need stability at the back, and I was hpoing to get a high profile defender such as Mensiah and not Willy....
Pompey Malta
I'd at least heard of Tommy Smith!! We do need a replacement for Sylvain without a doubt, but not for some amusingly high price tag
Tantona
we need williamson to stay i dont care about how much money we can get for him i dont want him to go but you dont always get what you want any other watford fans just sick of all this now i cant wait for the transfer window to close i fear that league one beckons
wrexham hornet
Great player! he has been exceptional since he arrived from Wycombe. At the same time what's the use of a player that want's to leave.He has only been at the club for a short period so something is not wright!
Golden Looney
perhaps pompey might offer you lot Nugent & cash for williamson that wouldnt be a bad deal Nugent is a good proven Championship striker he just aint gonna make it in the prem even with Pompey
sea-juicer
That ain't going to happen! wages will be to high,plus is he proven. Don't remember him being that good!
Golden Looney
He Scored 33 goals for preston in 2 seasons not a bad scoring rate shame he couldnt do it at pompey cos we all like him & we paid £6m for him
sea-juicer
Not bad! but looking at how you pompey fan's rate him lately i think we got more chace of nathan ellington hitting the 10 goal mark,and that is being ambitious. 4m watford paid for ellington? just another duke!
Golden Looney
 

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