Pompey plan Douala move
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth are reported to have made a move for Sporting winger Rodolph Douala.
Portsmouth are reported to have made a move for Sporting Lisbon winger Rodolph Douala.
Reports emanating from Portugal claim Portsmouth have approached Sporting regarding Douala.
Pompey are thought to be keen on taking the tricky winger to Fratton Park initially on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent deal.
Harry Redknapp is keen to add to his squad before the close of the transfer window after being frustrated in his attempts to sign other targets.
Douala has been linked with a move to England for some time with Middlesbrough expressing an interest in his services.
However, the move failed to materialise and Douala stayed in Lisbon.
Now Portsmouth are hoping to lure him to England and it is believed that Douala is open to the move.
Portsmouth are set to hold further talks with Sporting later this week as they look to tie up a switch before Thursday's transfer deadline.Meanwhile, Portsmouth star Gary O'Neil believes he was right to stay at the club over the summer.
O'Neil signed a new long-term deal in pre-season to end speculation over a possible move away from Fratton Park.
The goalscoring midfielder is happy at Pompey and is confident he can achieve his ambitions at the club.
"I heard the rumours, but I don't feel the need to move to enhance my career," O'Neil told the Sunday Times.
"The manager's brought in players I can learn off, I know everyone here from the kit man to the physios, I've had the honour of captaining my club at the age of 22, and been chosen to captain England at under-19 and under-21.
"I can't complain that Portsmouth has held me back, can I?"