Pompey part with Vignal
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
French defender Gregory Vignal has departed Portsmouth by mutual consent.
Gregory Vignal has ended his association with Portsmouth after leaving Fratton Park by mutual consent.
The French defender was recruited by former Pompey boss Alain Perrin in the summer on a free transfer from Liverpool, but has failed to figure prominently in the plans of Harry Redknapp.
Indeed the former Rangers defender has played just three games since December and was growing increasingly frustrated with his inability to gain regular first team football.
After enjoying a productive loan spell with Rangers last season, Vignal grew disillusioned with life at Fratton Park and was close to a move to French champions Lyon in January.
Gerard Houllier is still believed to be interest in his former player at Liverpool, with Paris Saint Germain and Marseille also keen, but Redknapp revealed he was not going to feature at the South Coast outfit.
"Gregory has not been in my plans and the club have come to a mutual agreement for his departure," Redknapp told the club's official website.
The relegation candidates have also confirmed that they considering releasing Polish striker Emmanuel Olisadebe.
The former Panathinaikos star moved to Fratton Park in January but a run of injuries have limited his impact and he now looks set to also be shown the exit door.
Pompey are currently at a crucial juncture of the season with Premiership survival still firmly in the balance, and a run of injuries is threatening to derail their attempt to avoid the drop.
Defender Andy O'Brien was recently ruled out of the remainder of the season, with a number of other stars struggling for the game against Sunderland on Saturday, and Redknapp admits that fitness worries are affecting his squad.
"With four games coming up so fast they (injuries) have taken their toll," said Redknapp.
"Once players become a bit tied injuries kick in. It is so easy for that to happen at this time of year."