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Last Updated: Monday, 13 June, 2005, 08:49 GMT 09:49 UK
Pompey complete deal for O'Brien
Newcastle defender Andy O'Brien
Portsmouth have signed defender Andy O'Brien on a four-year deal from Newcastle United for 2m.

The Republic of Ireland international, 25, spent four years on Tyneside after joining from Bradford for 1m in 2001, making 172 appearances.

Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie said he was delighted to sign O'Brien.

"We have signed a first-class player who has played at the top for both club and country and has a very prominent record," he said.

O'Brien looked set to stay at St James' Park when he signed a year's contract extension in January, but boss Graeme Souness has now allowed him to leave.

His confidence suffered towards the end of last season after a series of uncharacteristically shaky displays.

He becomes the second defender to leave Newcastle this summmer following Aaron Hughes' 1m switch to Aston Villa.

Souness has targeted Belgian international centre-back Daniel van Buyten annd Manchester City stopper Sylvain Distin as potential replacements.

The Magpies already have Titus Bramble, Jean-Alain Boumsong and promising youngster Steven Taylor in their squad.


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