Pompey in last-gasp talks
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric fears Arsenal may scupper the club's record bid to sign Michael Carrick.
Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric fears Arsenal may scupper the club's record bid to sign Michael Carrick, although Pompey have been doing a spot of gazumping of their own.
The South Coast side appeared to be winning a chase with Everton and Crystal Palace for Carrick, only for tales of a late interest from champions Arsenal to worry Mandaric and manager Harry Redknapp.
The West Ham midfielder had talks with Pompey on Thursday night and Redknapp is also close to beating Palace to the signature of Birmingham City's Aliou Cisse.
"We do have an agreement finally with West Ham," Mandaric told Sky Sports News. "Satisfying their needs financially.
"Late last night, Harry and Peter Storrie met with Michael and his agent and we agreed on personal terms with Michael coming in today to have a medical and do all the other procedures but, as far as I am concerned, a deal is done and I'm very happy with that.
"But I hear of lot of commotion that Arsenal are leaving messages that they would be interested so I don't know what the hell is going on. It makes me unhappy with the situation.
"Arsenal are a massive club, not many players would resist not to go there."
The deal to snatch Cisse from the clutches of Palace, who even confirmed the Senegal international's signing on their official website, is close to completion.
"I don't see any problems," Mandaric added.
"We agreed terms with Birmingham and those things are going forward positively.
"I expect it to take place some time during the day."
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