Piquionne: I've come to Pompey to get as close to the Big Four as possible
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Friday 07 Aug 2009 09:49:00
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Striker Frederic Piquionne is coming to Portsmouth to get as close to the 'big four' as possible and is looking to make sure his move to Fratton Park becomes a permanent one in 12 months time.

Piquionne (30) was revealed as Pompey latest signing when he signed a one-year loan deal from Lyon on Tuesday and he has already set high standards for himself.

''[My ambitions] are to get as close as possible to the Big Four. I have also arrived in a particular situation as I have been loaned. I therefore want to give everything so that Portsmouth take up the option to buy me,' he told France Football..

'I have started a new adventure and I have the carrot at the end of the stick. Now I've got to go and get it!'. Article continues here


Piquionne comes from the French Overseas Territory of Nouvelle Caledonia and he came into professional football late, having only started as a professional at the age of 22. He has played for Rennes, Saint Etienne, Monaco and Lyon is his career so far.

'My ambition is to sign for Portsmouth permanently. Ligue 1 is now in my rear-view mirror, but when I look back I find that I have already had a great career, because I know where I have come from.'

The player also interested West Ham and Blackburn, but revealed a deal with Pompey was qwuickly tied up. 'Once Lyon were signing strikers I knew that I had to leave. My agensts and I quickly found common ground with Portsmouth.'

Reports in France suggest that Pompey will take on Piquionne's salary of 200,000 euros per month, which is around £35,000 per week.

Piquionne is expected to make his Pompey debut against Rangers on Saturday at Fratton Park (3pm).


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