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


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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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