Sander set for Pompey
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth are set to sign former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld.Portsmouth are set to bring former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld back to The Premiership.
The Dutch shot-stopper is due at Fratton Park on Friday to undergo a medical ahead of his switch to Pompey from Mallorca.
Manager Alain Perrin has seen experienced keeper Shaka Hislop leave the club, while Kostas Chalkias has looked anything but assured during his short spell at the club.
Youngster Jamie Ashdown has looked promising but Pompey chairman Milan Mandaric says that Westerveld will add more competition for the number one jersey.
"At the start of our transfer campaign I told you we would be improving every position - including goalkeeper," Mandaric told Radio Solent.
"Westerveld is an experienced goalkeeper and he spent a couple of years at Liverpool and in Spain.
"Alain Perrin is looking to give young Jamie Ashdown a bit of competition."
30-year-old Westerveld enjoyed great success at Liverpool, keeping goal during their Treble cup success under Gerard Houllier in 2001.
However, just months after lifting the League, FA and Uefa Cups, Westerveld's days at Anfield were numbered after a bad mistake at Bolton.
Houllier immediately brought in Chris Kirkland and Jerzy Dudek in August 2001 and Westerveld moved to Spain with Real Sociedad, before joining Mallorca.
Westerveld will now return to the English top-flight, medical permitting, and will be determined to prove a point at Pompey.
The Dutchman is set to be joined at Fratton Park by Norwegian striker Azar Karadas.
The 23-year-old is set to sign for Pompey on a season-long loan from Benfica.
Karadas has flown out to join up with the rest of the Portsmouth squad on their tour of France and should seal the move on Friday when he undergoes a medical.