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Hernandez: Lessons from the Liguilla

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By ESPN Staff
Jan 10, 2006

Portsmouth reveal interest in Boro's Schwarzer

Portsmouth have declared an interest in want-away Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

The Australian international shocked Boro by handing in a transfer request last week and was told by manager Steve McClaren he would be allowed to depart.

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp has not yet spoken to Boro but confirmed he would like to bring the 33-year-old to Fratton Park if the financial side of the deal suits his club.

The Portsmouth manager told Sky Sports: 'There is an interest there. I like him.

'He is a top keeper, no doubt about it and for sure we are certainly interested.

'Whether we could do a deal and afford him remains to be seen. But there is nothing concrete on that at the moment.'

The arrival of new club co-owner Alexandre Gaydamak has injected funds into Portsmouth who are fighting to stay in the Barclays Premiership.

Already Benjani Mwaruwari has arrived from Auxerre in a club-record £4.1million deal, while Emmanuel Olisadebe has signed on a pay-as-you-play contract from Panathinaikos.

Dutchman Sander Westerveld is the current number one at Fratton Park, with Jamie Ashdown injured, but the 31-year-old has struggled to reproduce the form he demonstrated with Liverpool during his second spell in English football.

Redknapp may also snap up former Tottenham and Wolves striker Steffen Iversen before the transfer window closes.

The 29-year-old is training with the Pompey squad and Redknapp said: 'He is down here and has done very well. I agreed to look at him and that is where it is now, he has come in and has got himself in great shape.'

Iversen is a free agent after leaving Norwegian club Valerenga recently, and Redknapp added: 'We will see how it goes but he could offer us a different option to the lads we have brought in.'