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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 1, 2008

Pompey sign left-back Belhadj on loan from Lens

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has made his first deadline-day signing by taking Algerian international left-back Nadir Belhadj on loan from French club Lens.

The loan will last until the end of the season when Portsmouth will have the option of permanently signing the 26-year-old who has won 23 caps for his country.

Belhadj, who started his career with Lens, but then moved on to Gueugnon, Sedan and Lyon before returning to Lens at the beginning of this year, has activated a clause in his contract allowing him to leave again.

He has scored three goals for his country, and told Pompey's website: 'I like the system Portsmouth played at Everton. It will suit me because of my pace.

'And Harry Redknapp is a great manager. Other clubs wanted me but I only wanted to come to Portsmouth once I knew they were chasing me.'

Redknapp has warned that two players may have to move out of Fratton Park before the transfer window closes at midnight.

England Under-21 defender Martin Cranie, who was signed from Redknapp's former club Southampton in a £500,000 deal last summer, is being tipped to join Portsmouth colleague Linvoy Primus on loan at Charlton.

Redknapp could also move out £6million striker David Nugent who is thought to be interesting West Brom but insists he will not sell any of the players who featured in Saturday's 3-0 win at Everton.

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