Pompey readying raids
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Speculation is mounting with regards to who will be joining Portsmouth.Following Alexandre Gaydamak's arrival at Fratton Park, speculation is mounting with regards to who will follow him to the South Coast.
It is expected that Pompey chief Harry Redknapp will be busy in the January transfer window, with the threat of relegation still very much on the agenda.
Top of Redknapp's winter wish-list is reportedly Dean Ashton, with the prolific striker one of the most sought-after player outside of The Premiership.
Ashton was left out of Norwich's FA Cup defeat to West Ham on Saturday, prompting talk that he was 'rested' in order to prevent him from becoming cup-tied.
Canaries boss Nigel Worthington has since claimed that Ashton was omitted due to injury but this is unlikely to quell talk of a £7 million exit from Carrow Road - with Wigan also monitoring the situation.
''The truth is Dean has a groin strain and I have the medical scans to prove it,'' said Worthington.
Another player linked to Portsmouth is Wayne Bridge, with the fit-again full back desperate for games in a World Cup year.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has already told the player that both William Gallas and Asier Del Horno are ahead of him in the pecking order, which does add credence to talk of a loan switch - although Newcastle will rival Portsmouth for his signature.
The third subject of Redknapp's observations is believed to be out-of-favour Charlton keeper Dean Kiely, with injury to Jamie Ashdown adding urgency to the club's pursuit of a new custodian.