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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 August, 2003, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
Pompey step up Sorin chase
Argentine defender Juan Pablo Sorin
Sorin is surplus at his Brazilian club Cruzeiro
Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric and manager Harry Redknapp will step up their bid to sign Argentine left-back Juan Pablo Sorin.

Mandaric and Redknapp will meet with Zeze Perrella, vice-president of Sorin's Brazilian club Cruzerio on Wednesday.

Sorin is currently on loan at Barcelona as Cruzeiro have more than the two foreign players permitted under Braziian rules.

But the Argentine is also out of the picture at the Nou Camp, and Redknapp is confident he can tempt Sorin to play in the Premiership.

Redknapp has already spoken to Sorin

I haven't got a left-back on my books at the moment
Pompey boss Harry Redknapp

Redknapp said: "We have been talking to the player and the people are coming over from the club and we'll see where we go with it.

"But it's a long way from being a done deal."

Pompey played down reports they were pursuing Sorin after this website first revealed their interest.

Redknapp's urgency to bring in a left-back has been prompted by concern over Matt Taylor.

The England Under-21 international has been ruled out for the first month of Pompey's first season in the Premiership.

But there are fears his Achilles tendon problem could mean a longer absence.

Redknapp told BBC Radio Solent: "I haven't got a left-back on my books at the moment.

"I have no cover of defenders, I have got no cover at all.

"I have a small squad in terms of quality," said Redknapp who admitted his interest in Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas.

"I have spoken to Dabizas and he's one that's been on our list.

"But I won't rush in for the sake of it.

"I have a couple of weeks before the transfer window closes.

"I will get someone in before then."

Meanwhile, Pompey face a possible rap from the Football Association after their signing of Senegalese international midfielder Amdy Faye.

Pompey played Faye under a false name in a pre-season friendly at Dundee, contrary to rules regarding games where there is a paying crowd.

The FA will investigate whether Pompey had international clearance from Faye's former club Auxerre.

They could also look at claims by Middlesbrough that Pompey blocked their approach for Faye.

This follows a newspaper story in which Redknapp claimed he intercepted and ripped up faxes directed at Faye at the team's hotel in Scotland.





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