Portsmouth are, nevertheless, likely to be one of the busiest clubs in the Premiership this summer with their co-owner Alexandre Gaydamak promising to spend up to £30m. The club's manager, Harry Redknapp, has been watching several players at the World Cup and was at Ghana's match against Brazil on Tuesday where he was understood to be scouting the midfielder Sulley Muntari and striker Asamoah Gyan.
A deal to take the Cameroon midfielder Achille Emana from Toulouse, for almost £3m, is believed already to be in place while Redknapp is keen to sign a striker, another central defender and a goalkeeper.
Portsmouth also announced that the former England captain Tony Adams, who had an unsuccessful spell in charge of Wycombe Wanderers and has recently coached in the Netherlands, has been appointed Redknapp's assistant following the departure of Kevin Bond to Newcastle United. Joe Jordan will remain as first-team coach.Reuse content