Storrie desperate for Portsmouth stability

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie is determined to ensure the south coast club "operates within its means in the future" as the Fratton Park takeover deal nears completion.

Storrie hopes to unveil Pompey's new owners imminently and bring an end to the saga that has dogged Paul Hart's side all summer.

The club have been left badly short of transfer funds, with the likes of Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch sold to balance the books and skipper Sylvain Distin looking set to follow them through the exit door.

Storrie hopes Pompey will be in a position to flex their muscles in the transfer market as the summer window draws to a close at 5pm next Tuesday.

But he is quick to point out fans will no longer see the lavish spending enjoyed under Harry Redknapp's management.

Writing in the club's matchday programme ahead of the 4-1 Carling Cup win over Hereford, Storrie said: "The decision I took to find a new owner was made in the best interests of the football club.

"We have certain financial commitments and it is my job to ensure we meet them.

"Over the past three weeks or so, I have been undertaking this mission which will see the club become a much more stable business and ensure we operate within our means in the future.

"The whole structure of the club will be re-evaluated under the new ownership, but the key thing for all you Pompey fans to remember is that we are very much alive and kicking.

"I will give you more details once the takeover is complete but, believe me, this is good news for all of us."

Portsmouth are believed to be closing in on Lens' Ivory Coast striker Aruna Dindane and Hart has admitted he is interested in bringing Watford forward Tommy Smith to Fratton Park.

Storrie is confident there will be additions to the squad ahead of next Tuesday's deadline, with further reinforcements in January as well.

He said: "Paul and I are actively looking to bring more players in.

"With the addition of another three or four, our squad size will not be a great deal different from last season.

"Then, when January comes along, there will be money to spend to further strengthen."

Frederic Piquionne, John Utaka, Niko Kranjcar and Richard Hughes scored Portsmouth's goals last night as they eased into the Carling Cup third round.

After the match Hart insisted Distin's departure - possibly to Aston Villa - is not inevitable, although he did admit the player wants to leave.

He said: "We've had a conversation and he has expressed that desire. He's a great player, a great fellow and a wonderful captain. We desperately want him to stay."

Hereford boss John Trewick admitted his League Two side lacked the belief to upset the Premier League strugglers.

"We lost it in the first 20 minutes of the game I thought and once they were two or three up it was damage limitation," he said.

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