Peter dismisses transfer Storrie

Pompey chief exec rubbishes exit rumours

Kranjcar: Going nowhere

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Peter Storrie insists that Portsmouth have no intention of parting company with their biggest stars.

Pompey winger Niko Kranjcar continues to be linked with a summer move to Arsenal, but the club have revealed that they have received no formal approach from the Gunners.

Storrie has made it clear that any such move would not be welcomed and has reiterated that manager Harry Redkanpp is under no pressure to dispose of any members of his first-team squad.


"We are not in a position where we need to sell any of our players," the club's chief executive told The News.

"Some players might want to move on and some might not, you never know in football. But generally speaking, we are not looking to sell any players.

"As regards to all of this supposed interest in Niko, it was the first we heard about it.

"We don't know anything about it, Arsenal don't know anything about it and Niko doesn't know anything about it. So you can take it as the usual rubbish speculation that goes on at this time of the year.

"We've had no contact from any club with regards to our players. We've had no enquiries at all."


Krancjar is not the only high-profile Pompey star to be linked with a move away from Fratton Park, as speculation continues to suggest that Sol Campbell is a close season target for Spanish club Villarreal.

However, Storrie has once again questioned the validity of these reports and insists that the England international will be staying on the South Coast.

"That one seems to crop up every single summer, but nobody actually knows anything about it. It's a peculiar one," he said.

"Who knows where it comes from? Sometimes it's the agents, sometimes it's the clubs, you never know what the background is.

"The facts are there have been no enquiries for Sol or anybody and we are not looking for any."


Storrie does admit that he expects there to be comings and goings at the end of the season, but feels that the incessant rumours surrounding player exits is down to the calibre of player the club now possesses.

"Speculation about our players is the price of success, I'm afraid," he added.

"Obviously, we're a very good team with very good players these days.

"When you're in that situation, it seems everyone wants to link us to selling them, when in actual fact we are a buying club and we have been over the past few years."