Arsenal and Liverpool to miss out on £12 million midfielder

Arsenal and Liverpool are to miss out on Portsmouth midfielder Niko Kranjcar after the player confirmed his desire to stay at the south coast club. The Croatian international has been linked with a £12 million move to either of the Premier League powerhouses in recent weeks but that looks highly unlikely now. (fansfc)

"I am already looking forward to playing in the Uefa Cup," said the 23-year old. "Portsmouth is a great place to be at the moment and we have got a great challenge next season - playing in Europe. From a personal point of view, it's probably the peak of my career so far."

Although I am not a Pompey fan, I am very happy to see Kranjcar stay with Harry Redknapp's men. Too many players nowadays are tempting by the huge contracts the top four can offer them and it is nice to see someone finally reject them. I do however think that Kranjcar may join either of the sides in question at a later date but not this summer.