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Thursday, January 12, 2006
Portsmouth complete triple signing

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp will look at the possibility of signing Glen Johnson on loan from Chelsea after bolstering his squad with Sean Davis, Pedro Mendes and Noe Pamarot from Tottenham.

Redknapp has spent around 12million since co-owner Alexandre Gaydamak's investment at Fratton Park, with Zimbabwe striker Benjani Mwaruwari also brought to the club from French side Auxerre.

However, Redknapp will continue to look for new players in his bid to keep Pompey in the Barclays Premiership.

'I'm still looking,' said Redknapp, who returned to the club last month after a year with rivals Southampton.

'I knew when I first came back the squad needed strengthening and it probably still does.

'But I'm delighted to have signed three more quality players in one fell swoop and I think we can get them back on track to being outstanding players in the Premiership.'

Chelsea full-back Johnson, who is also linked with a move to French side Lyon, is a player Redknapp is interested in.

'Although I would like Glen I'm not sure Chelsea will loan him out to us,' Redknapp said. 'That's something we have to look at after the weekend.'

Redknapp, however, may now ease off in his search for a new goalkeeper. He has been linked with Middlesbrough's Australia star Mark Schwarzer and Norwich's Robert Green, but Jamie Ashdown is now in training after a back injury.

Redknapp added: 'If he is fit and can play this weekend or next we should have no problems in that area.

'But I've had the backing of the board in the deals we've done and without that we couldn't have done them. I'm well pleased.'

Davis and Mendes are looking for first-team action after finding opportunities limited following the arrival of midfielders Michael Carrick, Edgar Davids and Jermaine Jenas at White Hart Lane.

Mendes, who won the Champions League with Porto under Jose Mourinho, said: 'I'm very proud Portsmouth think I can help them get out of trouble and it is a big challenge.

'I've enjoyed my time here but I need this new chance and I'm happy to take it.'

All three players started the season injured but returned to fitness with Spurs in form and challenging for a Champions League place.

Davis admitted: 'I had my injury problems including a knee operation but the last three or four months have been a bit of a nightmare training with the reserves and not getting a look-in with the first team.

'I could have moved in pre-season but I decided to stay on and fight for my place but it never came around and I never got the chance to show why they had bought me in the first place.

'So when I was given the opportunity to come here and enjoy my day-to-day work I snapped at it. I'm not bitter but it is hard when you obviously don't appeal to the manager. Here I know I can work with a smile on my face.'

It is Pamarot's second spell at Portsmouth after a brief spell on loan at Fratton Park in 1999 when he played just one league match and then returned to Nice before Spurs eventually signed him for 1million in August 2004.

Pompey face Everton at Fratton Park on Saturday when the new signings - along with on-loan striker Emmanuel Olisadebe - are set for their debuts, although there is a doubt over Mwaruwari's availability because of the African Nations Cup.

Pompey chairman Milan Mandaric confirmed all three of the signings from Tottenham have penned two-and-a-half year contracts, and conceded: 'Going down now would be financially disastrous - but we are not looking at that.

'(Alexandre) Sacha Gaydamak is behind what we are doing and and we are supporting Harry Redknapp. Financially it is 50-50 between both of us.

'Spending a lot of money doesn't guarantee you don't go down but if you don't do anything you've got an even bigger chance of going down.




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