Transfer news

Pompey strengthen with former United striker

September 10, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Portsmouth have continued the overhaul of their squad by signing former Sheffield United and Watford striker Danny Webber on a two-year contract.

Danny Webber
GettyImagesWebber started his career with Manchester United.

The 27-year-old was available outside the transfer window following his departure from Sheffield United over the summer and the free agent had been training with his first club, Manchester United, in order to maintain his fitness.

After a trial spell at Fratton Park, Webber has now convinced Pompey that he will add some quality to a squad that has a radically different complexion to the one that finished last season.

The striker had been strongly linked with a move to Championship club Middlesbrough but Pompey manager Paul Hart was determined to bring the player to Fratton Park after missing out on his signature earlier in his career.

"When I found out Danny was available I asked him to come down and train with us - and I was delighted with what I saw," Hart told the club's official website. "He plays off the shoulder of defenders and gives us another attacking option.

"I wanted to sign him when I was at Nottingham Forest but he went to Watford. He's another one who's hungry with something to prove."

Webber began his career at Old Trafford but joined Watford on a permanent deal in 2003, going on to score 17 league goals in 55 league appearances for the Hornets. After a loan spell with Sheffield United, he then joined the Blades permanently in 2005 and scored 20 league goals in four years at Bramall Lane.