Portsmouth are moving fast in the January transfer market. So much so that they are looking towards mainland Europe to compensate for a plethora of players who have left for the African Cup of Nations this month.
Sky Sports has reported that Pompey have signed Swiss youngster Danijel Subotic from Swiss club Basel for an undisclosed fee. The young striker impressed at a recent trial at Fratton Park and has been gladly embraced by Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp who has frantic about replacements in the wake of the departure of several key players on international duty.
Harry Redknapp told the club’s website:
He (Subotic) was recommended to us so we brought him over for a few days’ training and he did well. We’ve taken a gamble on him and hopefully he’s one for the future. We’ll just have to see how he goes.
He further added:
We need to get some people in but it’s hard. You look around and who is going to loan you anybody? The only place you might find a few is abroad. We need to strengthen out wide and up front in particular.
Portsmouth will be without John Utaka, Nwanko Kanu, Sulley Muntari and Papa Bouba Diop for the next 6 weeks as they have committed themselves to their respective nations in the African Nations’ Cup competition. Subotic becomes the first January signing for Portsmouth who are really blossoming this season.
Portsmouth are 8th in the English Premier League at the moment with 34 points from 21 matches and are just 2 points and 2 places off a UEFA Cup spot. This time Portsmouth are flying high and Rednapp is in no mood to see the wings clipped and is eager to splash out money to compensate for the players loss.
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