Pompey still want Hyland
Portsmouth are still holding out hope they will be able to sign T&T international Khaleem Hyland.
Last Updated: 13/08/08 9:26am
Portsmouth are still holding out hope they will be able to sign Trinidad & Tobago international Khaleem Hyland.
As revealed by skysports.com back in July, Portsmouth have lined up a deal to bring Hyland to Fratton Park
The 19-year-old is very highly rated in his homeland and Pompey boss Harry Redknapp has been looking to sign him for over a year.
Hyland enjoyed a trial at Pompey last year alongside compatriots Lester Peltier and Atullah Guerra and all three were offered deals but none were able to secure work permits.
Hyland has gone on to become a full T&T international and featured against England in their friendly in the Port of Spain in June - but the British Home Office do not take non-competitive games into account.
He is also now a free agent after rejecting a new contract with San Juan Jabloteh and Pompey are continuing their efforts to sign him.
"We have always been looking at Hyland but there are complications with the work permit situation," said chief executive Peter Storrie.
"At the moment he fails to satisfy the criteria. He has played in friendly matches but they have to be competitive so do not count.
"It's a shame because he is very much one for the future and a player we are interested in.
"We are not even sure when we will find out the outcome, it's a case of how long is a piece of string.
"The powers that be are still working towards the permit so we will just have to wait and see."
Meanwhile, Pompey have handed a trial to Real Mallorca midfielder Jordi Lopez.
The former Real Madrid and Sevilla player spent last season on loan at Racing Santander, but he is now hoping to impress Redknapp and earn a move to England.
The 27-year-old featured in Pompey's friendly at Gosport earlier this week.