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Lawrence is leaving...and taking Kitson too

It is being reported that Liam Lawrence and Dave Kitson are both in talks with Portsmouth over a possible move, which would as part of a deal which would see highly rated midfielder Marc Wilson move to Stoke.

Wilson was one of the only players to shine for Portsmouth during their traumatic campaign last year, and would be a welcome addition. The Republic of Ireland international can play in both central midfield and central defence, but with Stoke being considerably light in central midfield its doubtful he will be dislodging either Ryan Shawcross or Abdoulaye Faye from the first team.

But if his expected move materializes then with a heavy heart it will be time to say adios to Liam Lawrence. Lennie has been a great servant to the club and, alongside Ricardo Fuller, he fired us into the Premier League with the club expected to be mid-table at best. After signing permanently in 2007 he had a lot to prove to the supporters but he has since racked up over 100 appearances and is a firm fan favourite.

Also leaving would be Striker Dave Kitson. After becoming Stoke's record signing two years ago, Dave has never fitted in at the club despite his goal scoring ability. Loan moves to Reading and Middlesbrough along with sitting on the bench have dominated his time here.

So Stoke look set to bring in their third signing of the summer, aswell as getting rid of two players from their huge squad, whereas Portsmouth are gaining two for the price of one to add to their depleted numbers. Wilson gets another crack in the Premier League and Kitson and Lawrence get regular first team football. Everyone's a winner.








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Writer: Charlie Bennett Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 26 2010

Time: 1:41PM

Your Comments

wilson is 22 and his best position is defensive midfield.. he has great range of passing . and can play alot of other positions... well worth 5m in this market considering other young british defensive midfielders out their their is not many better for 5m . sunderland paid 8m for cattermole.
pompeyhussler
what wages are kitson and liam on ?? we surley cant offer them the same.
pompeyhussler
Wilson was one of the best we had last season, and at the moment in the Championship... but we have to remember that was our threadbare team, After the big names had left. I think he's terrific, but i do wonder if he had been able to make the team if we had had bodies? dont get me wrong he will be big, and well worth 5m, but... is he ready? i am not sure.
Midge
He'll do well in the PL and at international level in the future... I like Lawrence but Kitson can't cut it in the PL.
Vanilla Ice
I think this is a deal which is good for both clubs. Lawrence and Kitson have probably reached a point where their careers in the Prem are past their peak but both players can and will cut it in the Championship. As to wages, no doubt Stoke will be either subsidising a hefty chunk of their wages or giving them a golden goodbye. But we'd have had to do that whoever they moved to as no Prem club had come in for them. Contrary to many reports I don't think the deal is worth 5 million. I'd rate Kitson at 2 million (what QPR offered for him) and Lawrence at 1.5 million (what Celtic offered) plus, I reckon, 500k in cash - total 4 million. For that we get a promising young midfielder who can pass (something we lack) and Pompey get two players who with a bit of luck will help them up the league. Never thought that Stoke would ever do Cotterill a favour - but I think we have with the wage contribution we'll be paying. Here's hoping it works out well for everyone. PS - I hope the Pompey crowd take Liam to their hearts - he's a smashing lad.
Lakeland-Potter
 

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