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Storrie admits Vieira interest

Pompey keen on Inter midfielder

By Chris Burton.   Last Updated: 21/01/09 1:46pm

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Vieira: Pompey target

Vieira: Pompey target

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Portsmouth chairman Peter Storrie has confirmed that Patrick Vieira remains a transfer target for the club, but admits the Frenchman is unlikely to join during the January transfer window.

The South Coast outfit have been strongly linked with a host of midfield options in recent weeks, with a suitable replacement for Lasanna Diarra needed to be found.

Juventus' Danish international Christian Poulsen has been touted, while a move for Valencia's former Arsenal star Edu collapsed after the two clubs failed to reach an agreement.

France international Vieira has emerged as another high-profile contender, with Pompey having already enquired as to his availability.

With the 32-year-old currently carrying an Achilles injury Storrie admits a deal will not be struck this month, but remains optimistic that a move could be rekindled in the summer.

"Patrick is someone we would be very keen to bring here," he said.

"Obviously he is very well-known to Tony (Adams), but my understanding is he has got an injury and that won't be possible in this window."

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