Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Pennant joins Pompey

Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant has agreed to join Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who was reported to be a transfer target for Real Madrid and AC Milan, will work under former Arsenal team-mate Tony Adams at Fratton Park.

Pennant was expected to move to Pompey last week, after the clubs agreed terms, but preferred to fight for a place at Anfield. However, the £6.7million Liverpool signing appears to have had a change of heart.

Portsmouth manager Adams is delighted to have finally got his man and thinks Pennant will fit in perfectly at the south coast club.

"I've known him for a long time," said Adams. "We were together at Arsenal a long, long time ago. He was the new kid on the block and a very exciting prospect."

It was what Adams saw all those years ago at Highbury - as well as Pennant's exploits more recently with current Pompey forward Peter Crouch when both were at Liverpool - that has convinced the manager he has signed a very good addition to his squad.

"He's quick and technically very gifted. He can have a go at defenders," Adams continued.

"I saw him play with Peter Crouch for Liverpool at Fulham last year - and he was constantly getting past their left-back and getting crosses in for Crouchie.

"That's a good combination that I wanted to put back together.

"He's going to put some good crosses in and, I hope, weigh in with a few goals himself."

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