Portsmouth agree Routledge loan deal
Portsmouth's bid to avoid relegation from the Premiership has seen them sign winger Wayne Routledge on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season.
Manager Harry Redknapp has put the 21-year-old, who has made only three appearances for Spurs since signing from Crystal Palace last July, straight into the squad to play Bolton at Fratton Park on Wednesday.
He becomes the seventh player to be brought in by Redknapp during the January transfer window.
Former Tottenham team-mates Pedro Mendes, Sean Davis and Noe Pamarot allsigned permanent contracts in a triple-deal on January 12 reported to be worth £7million, Benjamin Mwaruwari was brought in for a club record £4.1million while Emmanuel Olisadebe was signed from Panathinaikos and goalkeeper Dean Kiely from Charlton.
Redknapp has benefited from the investment by Alexandre Gaydamak, who paid £15million for joint ownership of the club with chairman and Milan Mandaric and pledged to provide money for new signings.
The Pompey boss is still trying to overhaul the squad he inherited from Alain Perrin but he feels the pacy Routledge can provide the cutting edge they have been lacking.
'Wayne has an awful lot of ability and is still at an age where there is a lot of room for him to become a really great player,' Redknapp told the club's website.
'We are crying out for a wide man and to get someone in the mould of Wayne is tremendous and he will really give us the width we have been missing.
'We have now added a bit more quality in a position where we can create a lot more danger in the opposing penalty box.'
With one day remaining in the transfer window further signings have not been ruled out at Fratton Park, with Scottish sources indicating Pompey have made a 'name your price' offer to Celtic for Wales striker John Hartson.
The 30-year-old saved Redknapp's West Ham side from relegation in 1997 when he moved from Arsenal for £3.6million.
Pompey have already had a £750,000 bid turned down but are now thought to be ready to offer up to £2million and Mandaric insists he has still not given up his bid to persuade Porto to sell their South African ace Benni McCarthy.
Portsmouth were knocked out of the FA Cup on Sunday after a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool but Redknapp saw positives in that performance which be believes can serve then them well for the rest of the season.
'I thought the boys were fantastic and if they keep playing like that we must have a good chance of staying up.
'We now have 15 games left from which I think we will need 23 points to stay up but after proving what we have against one of the best teams in the Premiership, we should have a chance.
'The next two games against Bolton, who are a problem at the best of times and then away to Newcastle are very important. But then again they all are.'
Portsmouth have also completed a loan deal for Serbia and Montenegro midfielder Ognijin Koroman from Russian club Terek Groznyi.
The 27-year-old agreed personal terms today and will be at Pompey for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric has conceded defeat in his bid to sign striker John Hartson from Celtic.
The Bank of Scotland Premier League leaders rejected an offer for the 30-year-old from Pompey out of hand last week.
The Fratton Park club are believed to have returned with an improved bid for the Wales international today.
But the south coast club have now given up hope of bringing Hartson to Portsmouth before the transfer window closes at midnight tomorrow.
Mandaric told BBC Scotland: 'We respect Celtic's decision.'
He added: 'There is nothing further we can do. Hartson will not be coming.
'The situation is simple - Celtic gave us a definite no and we will now have to look elsewhere.'
Hartson has 18 months left on his Celtic Park deal but has previously insisted he does not want to leave.
The former Arsenal and Coventry striker was signed for West Ham by Pompey boss Harry Redknapp in 1997.
Last Friday, Celtic manager Gordon Strachan accused Portsmouth of wasting the Glasgow club's time in their bid to sign Hartson.
The Hoops were furious when Mandaric went public with his ambition to sign the Welshman, despite being told he was not for sale at any price.