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Portsmouth wrap up four signings


Hart expects more new signings

Portsmouth have signed Wigan's Michael Brown, Tottenham's Kevin-Prince Boateng with Aruna Dindane and Jamie O'Hara brought in on loan from Lens and Spurs.

Midfielder Boateng, 22, joined Spurs for £5.4m in 2007, but made only 10 starts and has cost Pompey about £4m.

Experienced midfielder Brown, 32, has arrived for a nominal fee, while striker Dindane, 28, may sign a longer deal at the end of the season.

O'Hara signed a new Spurs deal but will go on loan to Pompey until January.

Portsmouth will then have the option to extend the deal until the end of the season.

In a busy day for the south coast side, manager Paul Hart has also had a bid rejected for Sunderland's Nyron Nosworthy for a fee of about £4m.

Brown is Portsmouth's fourth signing of a busy summer that has seen a takeover and 11 players departing.

"When Michael was at Sheffield United, I was at Nottingham Forest. We had some memorable games," manager Paul Hart said of his new signing.

"He's a good player, a hard little so-and-so and there were times I felt like getting on the pitch and giving him a belt myself.

"He has vast experience and he knows his way around the pitch. He has had a lot of experience with some top clubs."

Boateng arrived at Spurs under former manager Martin Jol in 2007, but the Germany Under-21 international failed to justify his hefty price tag.


He managed a meagre 14 minutes of Premier League action last season before being loaned out to Borussia Dortmund in January.

O'Hara had more opportunities than Boateng at Spurs, but could be allowed to leave to secure regular football.

Dindane, meanwhile, has won 40 caps for the Ivory Coast, and says Chelsea forward Didier Drogba was instrumental in helping him make the move to English football.

"I'm friends with Didier. I spoke to him on the phone and he said I was making a great choice coming to Pompey," Dindane told Portsmouth's website.

"I'm very happy to sign. My integration will be fine because there are a lot of French-speaking players in the dressing room. That's a big help for me."

And centre-back Nosworthy could come in as a replacement for Sylvain Distin, who was sold to Everton on Friday, if Portsmouth up an initial offer to meet Sunderland's valuation.

Portsmouth sold Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch over the summer, with nine other players also leaving, but to date their only notable signings have been Brown, veteran full-back Steve Finnan and Watford striker Tommy Smith.

On Wednesday, Arab businessman Sulaiman Al Fahim completed a protracted takeover of the club.

However the new board's has to balance servicing debt with investing in new players.

The club have lost all three of their Premier League matches this season, in direct contrast to Sunday's opponents City who have a perfect record after spending more than £100m on players since the end of last season.

If Brown were to feature he would be playing against the club where he spent the first six years of his career.

During that time, he spent a month on loan at Portsmouth in 1999, playing four times.

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see also
O'Hara signs new Tottenham deal
28 Aug 09 |  Tottenham
Boateng leaves Spurs for Dortmund
11 Jan 09 |  Tottenham
Tottenham sign midfielder Boateng
31 Jul 07 |  Tottenham
Everton conclude deal for Distin
28 Aug 09 |  Everton
Al Fahim completes Pompey buy-out
26 Aug 09 |  Portsmouth

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