Kanu signs but Viduka deal fading
By Mark Allaway
Friday 14 Aug 2009 19:50:00
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Pompey striker Nwankwo Kanu has signed a month's contract extension with the club, confirming he will start the Premiership campaign with the club but still leaving his long-term future in doubt.

His touted replacement Mark Viduka looks less likely to sign for Portsmouth than ever now though after Fulham manager Roy Hodgson, thought to be stealing the deal late on, hinted the striker is considering retirement.


Kanu, 33, had the deal confirmed today and was broadcast via the club's official website, but the reason for the short nature of the contract is not known.

Viduka meanwhile was thought to have agreed a contract with Pompey weeks ago according to Paul Hart but Hodgson's quotes seem to indicate Viduka will not be playing in the Premiership at all this season.

Hodgson told Sky Sports News: "I spent a bit of time with him [Viduka] to ascertain, more than anything else, what his intentions were and to hear if he had any intentions of maybe playing on, and whether it would be the intention for him to continue in the Premier League.

"At the end of our discussions it was fairly clear that he's actually made his decision to leave that behind him and start a new life," Hodgson said cryptically.

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