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Sonko completes Pompey switch

Portsmouth have bolstered their numbers with the signing of Stoke defender Ibrahima Sonko on a season-long loan.

Sonko, 29, joined Stoke from Reading in 2008, but he has struggled for first-team opportunities and spent the majority of last season on loan at Hull.

Portsmouth had already agreed the loan deal but needed special dispensation from the Football League to complete the signing. Pompey are under a transfer embargo but have been allowed to bring players in as they are currently under the minimum squad size.

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill told the club's official website: "He's a big, strong and very powerful defender. I've followed him for a while and I thought he did a fantastic job at Reading.

"He's been a bit unlucky during his time at Stoke and hasn't had too many first-team opportunities, although he did spend time on loan at Hull last season. He just needs to get back playing football. We're very thankful to Stoke's chief executive, Tony Scholes, and to Tony Pulis for their help."

Bristol City were also said to be interested in Sonko.

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