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Baggies set to lose out on Hartson

Baggies set to lose out on Hartson

The news that Celtic striker John Hartson is available for a cut-price £500,000 has alerted Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers to join the race to sign him.

Albion had originally made an offer for Hartson that Celtic had accepted but reports suggest that Hartson was less than keen moving to the Championship.

When informed of the news Hartson said, 'I'm shocked and disappointed.

'I had no intention or desire to leave the club this summer and I would like the fans to know that.

'I've had things to resolve in my private life but I felt I had sorted everything out.

'I've retired from international football to give me more time to see my kids and I was totally focused on going back to Celtic and trying to help the club reclaim the title and make a real push in the Champions League.'

It is clear that Celtic wish to offload the former international striker. Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp, Hartson's boss at West Ham, and Mark Hughes, Hartson's former international coach, have both declared an interest in the striker.

Hartson would prefer a move to the Premier League and working under one of his former bosses will appeal to the big man if he is to leave Celtic Park.

It looks like another target slipping through the net with Cameron Jerome moving to Blues, Chris Kirkland looks set to join Wigan on loan and now Hartson.

It looks like it is going to be another stressful summer at The Hawthorns with new signings taking time to materialise.


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Date:Thursday June 1 2006
Time: 1:38PM

Comments

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I can't blame him for shunning WBA, he's never going to playing for the biggest premiership clubs, but he's still got something to offer at the highest level.
pitythefool
01/06/2006 15:20:00
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I've never been a Hartson fan. Same old story...mediocre striker goes to Scotland and does well. Comes back does nothing. You've done well not to get him.
BigYid
01/06/2006 16:42:00
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I'm not that bothered to be honest, for Championship level as long as we keep who we have we should be ok. We need someone to play alongside Ellington but I am sure there are more players out there.
BaggieAnt
01/06/2006 20:05:00
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i think he would be too good for the championship, he can still play in the premiership at his age
green giant 12
01/06/2006 23:19:00
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To be honest west brom you can have him!
Linvoy#1
02/06/2006 10:48:00
0
JH is well past his best and as I said on the portsmouth website : you would be making a mistake in signing him.
scottm_1989
06/06/2006 11:06:00
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You are kidding green giant, are you not? He can just about get by in the SPL and the premiership is a good 30% quicker. He's toooooo slow by half for the premiership.
FEn_100
07/06/2006 02:26:00
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at the end of the day jh is $***** yes, but his speed would have nothing to do with it. Some of the 'so called' best strikers in the world aren't that quick. Jan Koller and peter crouch being 2 of the smallest.
scottm_1989
07/06/2006 08:07:00
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I agree he is to slow for the Prem. Now Harry Redknapp wants him for Pompey. Will be quite interesting if he comes. Personaly I don't want him there. Come on Baggies make him a better offer. He will tear up the championship.
POMPEYMEV
07/06/2006 09:59:00
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TALLEST AND SLOWEST ***************
scottm_1989
08/06/2006 08:55:00
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