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Chelsea loan Sahar to Portsmouth

Ben Sahar
Sahar was wanted by several clubs

Portsmouth have signed Ben Sahar from Chelsea on a six-month loan deal.

The 18-year-old Israel striker has made three appearances for Chelsea's first team and had spells on loan at QPR and Sheffield Wednesday last season.

Sahar, who joined Chelsea from Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2006, is set to taste Uefa Cup football with Pompey this season.

"Portsmouth are a great team who can win trophies. They are now in Europe and that will be a big challenge as well," Sahar told the club's website.


Dutch side NEC Nijmegen were among the clubs hoping to sign Sahar on loan.

But a spell with the FA Cup winners will enable Chelsea to keep a closer eye on his progress and Sahar will challenge Jermain Defoe, David Nugent and Kanu for a place in Pompey boss Harry Redknapp's attack.

Sahar added: "I'm ready for the challenge of being part of such a big club like Portsmouth. I want to be part of it and to show that I deserve to be here.

"I've heard a lot of good things about Harry Redknapp, the club and the staff and they obviously had a very good season."

see also
Chelsea's Sahar extends Owls loan
19 Mar 08 |  Sheff Wed
Owls sign Chelsea striker Sahar
21 Feb 08 |  Sheff Wed

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