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Portsmouth sign Piquionne on loan

Federic Piquionne
Piquionne won his one France cap against Austria in March 2007

Portsmouth have signed Lyon striker Frederic Piquionne on a loan with an exclusive option to buy the player.

The 30-year-old joined Lyon for £4m from Monaco last summer, but struggled to force his way ahead of Karim Benzema and Fred in the side's forward line.

He can also operate in a wide attacking role and appeared 23 times for Lyon last season, scoring three goals.

The France international will help cover for Peter Crouch who left Fratton Park for Tottenham in July.

Born in the French territory of New Caledonia in the south Pacific, Piquionne arrived in European football after securing a move to Nimes.


Spells at Rennes and St Etienne followed before seven goals in 32 matches for Monaco convinced Les Gones to sign him up in 2008.

As well as the £10m departure of Crouch, Portsmouth have sold Glen Johnson, Jermain Defoe and Lassana Diarra in big-money moves away from the south coast since January.

Pompey manager Paul Hart's summer spending has so far been restricted to a one-year deal for former Liverpool defender Steve Finnan and the free transfer of Blackburn midfielder Aaron Mokoena.

United Arab Emirates businessman Sulaiman Al Fahim is in the midst of a takeover after having a bid for the cash-strapped club accepted by current owner Alexandre Gaydamak in May.

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see also
Mokoena makes Portsmouth switch
24 May 09 |  Portsmouth
Takeover still on track - Pompey
05 Aug 09 |  Portsmouth
Portsmouth sign defender Finnan
31 Jul 09 |  Portsmouth
Niemi completes Portsmouth move
07 Aug 09 |  Portsmouth
Portsmouth edge closer to buy-out
29 Jul 09 |  Portsmouth
Tottenham complete Crouch signing
28 Jul 09 |  Tottenham

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