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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 17:35 GMT
Portsmouth snap up d'Alessandro
Argentina international midfielder Andres D'Alessandro
D'Alessandro's move could be made permanent
Portsmouth have signed Argentina international midfielder Andres d'Alessandro on loan from Wolfsburg.

The 24-year-old, who was part of Argentina's gold medal-winning team in the 2004 Olympics, has scored 11 goals in 53 appearances for Wolfsburg.

Manager Harry Redknapp told the club website: "The boy is a really influential playmaker and you can't have too many of those.

"This is a massive signing for the club and I am delighted."

D'Alessandro, who has been granted clearance that frees him to play against Bolton on Wednesday, is Redknapp's ninth signing of the January transfer window.

Redknapp added: "We have got together some players who can have a huge influence on matches, and this lad is one of them."

D'Alessandro moved to the Bundesliga from River Plate for 6.2m in July, 2003.

He has played consistently well for Wolfsburg but reports in Germany suggested the player had been keen for a change.

Wolfsburg coach Klaus Augenthaler left him out of the squad for Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Borussia Dortmund.

"I'm sure this agreement is a fair solution for the clubs involved and for the player," Wolfsburg manager Klaus Fuchs said in a statement.

Tim Vickery column
01 Feb 06 |  Football


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