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Last Updated: Friday, 6 June, 2003, 18:28 GMT 19:28 UK
Berger signs for Portsmouth
Patrik Berger
Berger was out of contract at Liverpool

Premiership newcomers Portsmouth have signed Liverpool's out-of-contract midfielder Patrik Berger.

Berger was available on a free transfer after rejecting the offer of a new contract at Anfield.

The 29-year-old, who moved to Anfield from Borussia Dortmund in September 1996, played more than 100 league games for the Reds.

But the former Czech Republic international has suffered from injuries in recent seasons and made just four appearances for Liverpool last term, three as substitute.

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp was delighted with the capture of Berger, who was also linked with moves to Leeds and Manchester City.

Redknapp said: "Patrik's a quality player, free - and the type of player who'll bring good experience to Portsmouth.

Patrik can play a big part in helping us maintain our Premiership status
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp

"I had a bit of competition for him but he's looked round the area today and is very happy to join us.

"I think he spoke with Leeds and another couple of clubs were interested - so they tell me."

The Pompey boss revealed that his son Jamie, now at Tottenham but a team-mate of Berger's at Anfield, played a part in the deal.

He continued: "I had a lot of help from Jamie, who's played alongside him, but to be fair Patrik's not been difficult to deal with.

"He got offered another contract at Liverpool and has taken a massive cut in wages to come here - but he wants to come here and play.

"I've convinced him he can play a big part in helping us maintain our Premiership status next year and he'll be delighted if he can do that."

Redknapp also confirmed that the Nationwide Division One champions are close to bringing Ipswich midfielder Matt Holland to Fratton Park.

And the former West Ham boss added: "I've got a centre-half I'm hoping to sign this week who I think will be absolutely fantastic for us - a proper player, a top drawer player."



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