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Thursday, 3 October, 2002, 10:39 GMT 11:39 UK
Pompey snap up Diabate
Ivory Coast midfielder Lassina Diabate
Diabate will add strength to Portsmouth's squad
Portsmouth manager Harry Reknapp has completed the signing of Ivory Coast midfielder Lassina Diabate.

Diabate was out of contract at French club Auxerre and arrives at Fratton Park on a free transfer as Redknapp's 12th signing of the season.

Redknapp has signed the former Bordeaux star on a one-year contract to boost the First Division leaders' squad.

Pompey beat off interest from Premiership clubs Blackburn, Charlton and Middlesbrough for the services of the 28-year-old who has Champions League experience.

Redknapp described Diabate as a "quality player who has played at the highest level."

Diabate's arrival hints that Redknapp's interest in Tottenham midfielder Tim Sherwood has cooled.

But the Pompey boss is still keen to pursue his interest in Derby striker Fabrizio Ravanelli.

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