Thursday, 13 August 2009

Football:Belgium midfielder joins Pompey


Portsmouth have completed the loan signing of Belgian midfielder Anthony Vanden Borre from Italian side Genoa.
The 21-year-old has joined the south coast club on a season-long deal subject to international clearance.
"He's threatened to do so much for quite a while - now's the time for him to come up with the goods," said Portsmouth manager Paul Hart.
Hart has also revealed he signed striker Mark Viduka in June, but has since had no contact with the player.
The Australia international, 33, was released by Newcastle following their relegation from the Premier League.
With Portsmouth lacking firepower since the departure of Jermain Defoe, and more recently Peter Crouch, Hart signed Viduka - only for the ex-Leeds and Middlesbrough player to go absent soon after.
"As far as I understand, the contractual negotiations went well, he was happy with the deal," Hart told BBC Radio 5 live.
He played right back for his country on Wednesday night but he can also play in midfield, he's good in both positions."
Paul Hart on Vanden Borre
"That deal was done in the back-end of June - and he's still in Croatia."
Despite the uncertainty over Viduka's future at Fratton Park, Hart is delighted to have captured the versatile Vanden Borre.
"He played right-back for his country (against the Czech Republic) on Wednesday night but he can also play in midfield. He's good in both positions," said the Portsmouth boss.
Pompey are thought to have an exclusive option to buy the former Fiorentina player, who has won 18 Belgium caps, when the loan deal ends.
Vanden Borre, who made his international debut against Turkey in 2004 at the age of 16, could go straight into the Portsmouth squad for their Premier League opener against Fulham on Saturday, providing the club receive international clearance for the Congo-born player.
After starting his career with Belgian side Anderlecht, Vanden Borre had a brief spell at Fiorentina in 2007 before joining Genoa on loan in January 2007.
The move was made permanent in the summer of 2008 and he made 25 appearances for the Serie A outfit last season.
Meanwhile, Hart confirmed that striker Kanu is close to committing his future to Portsmouth by signing a one-year deal.
The Nigerian, who has been at the club since 2006, has been out of contract since the end of last season, but has been training with the club ever since.
Kanu, 33, had a clause in his contract last season that promised he would be offered a new one if he played a certain number of games.
That clause was triggered after he made 25 appearances in 2008-09.

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