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Last Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007, 20:18 GMT 21:18 UK
Portsmouth land Diop from Fulham
Papa Bouba Diop
Diop joined Fulham form the French side Lens in 2004
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has signed midfielder Papa Bouba Diop from Fulham for an undisclosed fee.

Diop had been given the go-ahead to quit by Cottagers boss Lawrie Sanchez after the 29-year-old told him he wanted a new challenge.

"It's nice to be here," Senegal international Diop told the Pompey website. "It's a good move for me and a good move for the club.

"It was an easy decision to make and I am very happy."

Diop said he had a number of offers and Newcastle were one of the clubs linked with him.

He joined Fulham in 2004 from French club Lens and signed a new contract last year.

The powerhouse midfielder was close to a 5m move to Wigan in January but the transfer fell through.

Diop added: "Three years ago was the first time I'd come to England and I didn't understand english football very well.

"Now I understand it very well and i'm happy that I'm at Portsmouth.

"It's different to Fulham. The fans here are hot for 90 minutes."



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