Pompey closing in on transfer targets at last
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Friday 12 Aug 2011 09:35:00
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Pompey finally seem to be getting their transfer act together, with a permanent signing and a loan deal close to being completed.

After a frustrating 37 days which has seen just free agent Christian Dailly arrive on a one-month deal, manager Steve Cotterill hopes to finally land a couple of his targets this week,

In pole position for the permanent deal is Ipswich midfielder Grant Leadbitter. The 25-year-old annd out-of-contract next summer. Sources in East Anglia suggest the imminent arrival of Keith Andrews at Portman Road will allow Leadbitter to leave.

A £2m signing from Sunderland in 2009, Leadbitter is among the higher earners at the club. A move to Fratton Park would re-united him with David Norris

He has been capped by England at Under-20 and Under-21 level and has made almost 200 league appearances.

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On the loan front, Aston Villa's Australian full back Chris Herd has been sounded out about a possible move.

The 22-year-old under-20 intyernational made his Villa debut last season having had spells on loan at Port Vale, Wycombe Wanderes and Lincoln previously. Sources in the Midlands suggest the Villa Park club are keen to let him gain more experience.

It is not clear whether any signings will be completed in time for Saturday's clash with Brighton, but fans will be relieved that the club finally seems to be bolstering a threadbare squad.

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