Edu keeping Pompey options open
By Kent Hedlundh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyn starlet Chinedu Ogbuke will still consider a move to Portsmouth in the future.
Lyn starlet Chinedu Ogbuke has revealed he will still consider a move to Portsmouth in the future.
The Nigerian striker has spent two trial spells at Fratton Park and did enough to convince Harry Redknapp that he would prove to be an asset in the Premiership.
However, Ogbuke - nicknamed 'Edu' - does not possess the requisite caps needed to earn a work permit and Pompey have put any potential move on hold for the time being.
The highly-rated forward is hoping to earn more international recognition during the 2008 African Cup of Nations, and could well attract further attention from countries not bound by strict work permit regulations in the meantime.
Ogbuke insists Pompey are still very much in his considerations though, after being impressed with the South Coast club's ambition.
"Football-wise there were no problems," Ogbuke told Aftenposten.
"The coach talked to me and said that he wanted to sign me, but believed it would be difficult to get a work permit.
"The difference between Lyn and Portsmouth is very big. Portsmouth is a big club I can consider playing for."
After seeing a move to Lokomotiv Moscow collapse in January, Ogbuke signed a new one-year deal at Lyn which ties him to the Norwegian club until 2008.
The striker has now revealed his anguish at missing out on a switch to Russia.
"It was frustrating, I was ready and prepared to go and then everything collapsed," Ogbuke added.
"I am enjoying myself here, I can still develop in Norway.
"I extended my deal with Lyn because I wanted to. No-one forced me."