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Portsmouth sign Belgian Vanden Borre on loan

August 13, 2009

Portsmouth manager Paul Hart has boosted his threadbare squad by completing the loan signing of Belgium international Anthony Vanden Borre.

The versatile midfielder joins the south coast club on a one-year loan deal from Italian side Genoa.

Pompey will also have an exclusive option to buy the 21-year-old if he impresses.

Vanden Borre could go straight into Pompey's squad for Saturday's Premier League curtain-raiser against Fulham and Hart said he was delighted to be bringing in a player who made his international debut at 16, and who will offer Pompey some much needed versatility.

''Van der Borre is signing today and we have another few signings in mind,'' said Hart. ''He's young and a Belgian international. I think he's at the stage where he's threatened to do so much for such a long time that now he's got to come up with the goods and we're looking forward to being part of it.

''He played right-back last night for his country and can play right side of midfield as well.

''His versatility is one of the biggest things that attracted me to him.''