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Last Updated: Friday, 22 July, 2005, 08:34 GMT 09:34 UK
Pompey snap up Benfica's Karadas
Azar Karadas
Karadas was given only 10 starts for Benfica last season
Portsmouth have completed the signing of Benfica striker Azar Karadas on a one-year loan deal.

The arrangement includes an option to bring the 23-year-old Norwegian to Fratton Park on a full transfer.

Pompey chairman Milan Mandaric said: "We have strengthened our strike force with Azar's signing and this will give us further options."

Mandaric added: "Our manager Alain Perrin rates him highly. He is an excellent English-style target man."

With three Norway caps and one international goal, Karadas played for Brann and Rosenborg before switching to Benfica for 1.5m.

The Portuguese club noticed him when he scored against them in a 2-1 Champions League win for Rosenborg.

Last season he started only 10 games for Benfica but still scored four goals.

Karadas joins French pair Laurent Robert and Gregory Vignal, Republic of Ireland defender Andy O'Brien and Columbia midfielder John Viafara among the club's summer signings.

The club sold striker Yakubu to Middlesbrough for 7.5m and Portsmouth hope Karadas will give them a presence in attack similar to the Nigerian.

"His goals and style attracted a club such as Benfica to go out and purchase him," said Mandaric on www.pompeyfc.co.uk.


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