Jermaine Pennant must prove he wants Portsmouth move says Tony Adams

19 January 2009 12:50
A fee has been accepted by Liverpool, but there have been suggestions that Pennant, who was also linked with Real Madrid, is not enthused by the prospect of leaving Anfield for Fratton Park.

"I think the deal has been done with Liverpool and I'm going to speak to Jermaine at some stage and see how he feels about coming to Portsmouth," said Adams.

"If he doesn't want to, I won't take him on board. There are many players working hard, scrapping and holding it together.

"People have got to come and play, want to play. Maybe I'm a little bit naive here, I still believe you want to play for a football club, you want to represent a club and play well for yourself, your team-mates and your clubs."

Adams was quick to sanction the transfer of Jermain Defoe once it became clear that the England midfielder wanted to leave and he said that David Nugent, who scored his first Premier League goal on Sunday, epitomised the effort and attitude he needed from his squad.

"I need a group of lads who are all pulling together and they are," he said. "I'm quietly confident we are going to be alright. You have got to stick together, there are 12 teams down there, you need everyone pulling in the same direction.

"If someone doesn't want to be at your football club, you need to move them on very quickly because you need the ones that are left to fight and scrap. We have a five month war and we go from battle to battle "David is playing out of position really (on the right), he doesn't usually play in the position, he plays through the middle. It takes time I think. It's his fourth game, he works extremely hard, he's got good energy and I'm delighted for him. I think the system is suiting the personnel we have got.

"He's got energy, he's got commitment, I'm delighted he got his goal and he deserved it. I thought about resting him, he ran himself into the ground."

Adams is still hoping to make more than one signing, but dismissed reports linking him with Patrick Vieira, the Inter Milan midfielder and his former Arsenal team-mate.

"I think we need some reinforcements," he said. "It's an area of concern, I need to strengthen. I would love Patrick. I think he is doing alright for Inter at the moment. I think he is very happy, he's a fantastic player. He won't be coming to Portsmouth."

Source: Telegraph