Portsmouth want £5m Poulsen and sign up Pennant on loan
Wednesday 21 January 2009
Portsmouth are attempting to persuade Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen to join them on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a £5m permanent transfer. The Denmark international has been told he can leave but is understood to not be keen on a move to Fratton Park.
Portsmouth's chairman Peter Storrie was in Turin on Monday to try and agree a deal for the 28-year-old who was signed from Seville last year for £9m but who has, partly through injury, struggled to make an impact.
Yesterday Poulsen told the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that he wanted to concentrate on trying to get back into the Juventus team. "I am completely focused on getting enough playing time here," he said. His agent, Joern Bonnesen, was more direct: "Christian has no intention of leaving Turin."
Nevertheless, Poulsen, who has 60 international caps, has been identified as a replacement for Lassana Diarra who was sold to Real Madrid at the start of the transfer window for €20m (£18.5m). Portsmouth are struggling for midfield reinforcements having had a £4.5m bid rejected for Middlesbrough's Gary O'Neil, who wants to return to the South coast having failed to settle in the North-east.
However, Portsmouth have succeeded in signing winger Jermaine Pennant on loan from Liverpool until the end of the season. The club had tried to negotiate a permanent deal but Pennant, who is out of contract in the summer, wants to keep his options open for when he becomes a free agent.
"It was only ever going to be a loan or a short-term deal," Storrie said. "He is a free agent at the end of the season and he doesn't want to give up those rights. Whether it's a contract until the end of June or a loan, it's a bit irrelevant."
Storrie said that a possible move for Patrick Vieira, which had been played down by manager Tony Adams despite the fact that he had made an inquiry, ended because the Internazionale midfielder is injured while, as with O'Neil, a move for another former Arsenal midfielder, Edu, who is now at Valencia, failed because a deal could not be agreed.
"Patrick is someone we would be very keen to bring here," Storrie said. "Obviously he is very well-known to Tony but my understanding is he has got an injury and that won't be possible in this window."
Latest in Sport
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
Andy Murray tells how coach Amélie Mauresmo revealed her pregnancy
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Everton 3 Manchester United 0 player ratings: Who scored lower - Marouane Fellaini or Radamel Falcao?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 5 'Isis' schoolgirls: Missing British teenager tweets picture of her Syrian takeaway
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove