Chelsea's new Russian signing Alexei Smertin has joined Portsmouth on loan for the rest of the season.
Smertin is waiting on his Pompey work permit
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.
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.