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Tim’s Transfer Talk: ‘Berty Booster?

 

Welcome to the latest Sandpit transfer rumour roundup, and we have three zingers for you today. The first one concerns T1 goal machine, Brazilian-Timorese forward Heberty Fernandes. Reports in the Thai press suggest that the prolific scorer is poised to join Port on a season-long loan from rivals Muangthong, at a head-spinning salary of 2mBHT per month. Ye gods.

 

 

 

Heberty has an extraordinary goal record in the Thai top flight. After a 3-year spell at Ratchaburi, in which he netted 65 goals in 90 games, he moved to Muangthong in 2017 (after almost signing for Port, who were then reluctant to pay his salary) where he scored 51 in 79. I would say he’d be a guaranteed goalscorer, but we know what a strikers’ graveyard Port is and the last time we signed a prolific Brazilian-Timorese striker it did not end well. There’s also the question of where Heberty would fit in. He’s not an out & out no9, more of a 10 or a winger, so either Suarez makes way so Heb can play in his AM slot with Josimar (or AN Other) up front, or he gets shoehorned into a position in which he’s not entirely comfortable, and as we know from experience at Port, the latter is far more likely. But whatever happens, his goal and assist record suggest he’d be a cracking signing, which would both strengthen Port and weaken one of their rivals.

On the subject of strikers, we hear that Josimar picked up an injury in training this week which could see him out of action for the next 5-6 weeks, so the chances of Port moving for a big name striker just shot up. Which is where our next rumour comes in. You may want to sit down for this one, but Port have been linked with former Arsenal & Juventus striker Nicklas Bendtner. Before you get too excited/angry (depending on your views on one of football’s more colourful characters), bear in mind that the only substance to this rumour is that Bendtner’s agent has been hawking his client around various clubs, and presumably Port were one of those who picked up the phone. Lord Bendtner may not be the most prolific scorer, but there’s no doubt that if he took a move to Thailand seriously he would probably have a field day against Thai defences, though given his penchant for nightlife he may find Bangkok somewhat distracting, and he’d be ill advised to continue his hobby of assaulting taxi drivers given that the local cabbies are generally very sensitive to criticism, tooled up, and ripped to the tits on M-150. File this one under ‘almost certainly won’t happen’.

 

 

Our final rumour concerns perennial Sandpit rumour Thitiphan, recently returned to Bangkok Glass following a successful year-long loan at J-League club Oia Trinita. The Thai press are claiming that Port have struck a swap deal involving the chunky midfielder and left-back Kevin Deeromram. This would be a shame, as in my opinion Kevin is one of the most talented players at Port and, on his day, the best LB in the league, and is the kind of young player the future of the club should be built around. That said, he is somewhat injury-prone, the arrival of Martin Steuble has made him somewhat more expendable, and with Pang seemingly positioning Port as the club of choice for Thai national team players, his less than enthusiastic attitude to playing for his country could also count against him. Whether Port need yet another midfielder is highly debatable, but there’s no doubt Big Thits would be a great signing and my Sandpit colleague Tom Earls would need a cold shower before every game if it happened. File this one under ‘highly likely’.

For the latest news on these and other rumours, keep watching this space!

 

Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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