WILL BIG SIGNING FOLLOW LITTLE ONE?
By Site reporter
Friday 20 Jun 2008 23:26:00
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Pompey have made a Little signing - all fans want to know now is when a big one will follow.

Glen Little is the Blues' first recruit of the summer. The 32-year-old right winger comes in on a one-year deal after Reading's relegation. He was at Burnley before four years at the Madejski Stadium.

Fans' views have been mixed. Some were hoping the first deal of the close season would be a Crouch or a Wright-Phillips; others have pointed out a key thing Pompey need to do before next season is add numbers to the squad and that Little is a goodexample of a player who will do a decent job without expecting to be a regular in the first-choice XI.

Little told Pompey's official website he was happy to join a club he didn't have a great record against.

'I always seem to get beaten by Portsmouth, so I thought might as well join them!' he said. 'I’ve played at Fratton Park a number of times and never had much luck, but hopefully that’ll change now I’ve signed here.

'It’s a tough place to play and I don’t think I’ve ever won here. But this is just a great opportunity for me to play with a good squad of players and to look to have a really good season in Europe. Portsmouth are the FA Cup winners and finished eighth in the Premier League.'

Little is the only cover Pompey have for John Utaka on the right of midfield, though talk persists Shaun Wright-Phillips is on the club's radar. All week, it has seemed a deal to bring Peter Crouch to Fratton for about twice what he was sold for six years has been inching closer.

Meanwhile, central defender John Mensah has told of his belief he will be moving to England in the summer - though Wigan are in the race with Pompey to secure his services.

Harry Redknapp and Peter Storrie have stressed the need for a big squad for the club's first European season - indicating that those who got few games last season could well get more this time.

Storrie told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: 'We need to enhance the squad with the UEFA Cup games coming up. Glen was about to re-sign for Reading, but we felt he would be a very good player to add to the squad.

'Glen can play in two or three positions, he’s big and strong and is a great crosser of the ball. Harry considered him a very, very good free transfer. We’ve initially signed him on a year-long contract. If he does well there’s a trigger for a further year, but at the moment we’re looking at a one-year deal.'

In other news, the first kick-off time change for the new season has been confirmed: West Ham's visit to Fratton will start at 1pm on Boxing and not 3pm for reasons yet to be explained. Expect more changes, and bigger ones, when Sky and Setanta announce their live TV games for the first half of the campaign within the next week or so.

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