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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 August, 2003, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Smertin seals Pompey loan deal
Alexei Smertin
Smertin is waiting on his Pompey work permit
Chelsea's new Russian signing Alexei Smertin has joined Portsmouth on loan for the rest of the season.

Smertin - a 3.45m signing from Bordeaux - will move to Fratton Park if his work permit application is successful.

The 28-year-old was due to join Torpedo Moscow earlier in August but the move fell through and Chelsea swooped to clinch a deal.

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But Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri wants Smertin to gain more first-team experience and he has been allowed to join Harry Redknapp's Premiership newcomers.

Smertin, captain of Russia, enjoyed a successful three-year spell with Bordeaux after joining the French side on a five-year contract from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2000.




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