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Double defender swoop for Portsmouth – England left-back on his way to Fratton Park

Harry Redknapp is probably the Premier League manager who most likes to bang on about how small his squad is. While others are probably equally, if not more, concerned by the need to strengthen in certain areas of the pitch, they don’t rabbit on about it like the Portsmouth gaffer. Thankfully, it appears that two new players are to arrive at Fratton Park this week, which should at least mean that Pompey have eleven players to field for their first game of the season at Chelsea!

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The Daily Telegraph reports that Redknapp is lining up Nicky Shorey and Younes Kaboul from Reading and Tottenham respectively. Steve Coppell commented over the weekend that he would be losing his left-back to a Premier League club, while the central defender has been courted by Sunderland and Aston Villa, but appears set on a move to the South Coast instead.

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has been a long-term admirer of the full-back, capped twice at international level, and reportedly offered the Championship side an improved £3.5 million offer to seal the deal, which could rise to £5 million, after an initial £3 million bid was rejected last week.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth are set to complete a £5 million deal for Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul after the Frenchman rejected terms presented by Aston Villa and Sunderland.

Great news for Pompey fans, with Shorey slotting in at left-back and completing a strong-looking defence ahead of the new campaign. Kaboul might not go straight into the first team, although with Sol Campbell no longer a spring chicken, he might also have plenty of opportunities ahead of the new season.

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