Mine Linganzi and Liam O’Brien
Mine Linganzi and Liam O’Brien
Amine Linganzi and Liam O'Brien
Pompey have signed Liam O’Brien and Amine Linganzi on one-month contracts.
The deal for 26-year-old midfielder Linganzi is subject to international clearance.
Goalkeeper O’Brien, 24, came through the ranks at Fratton Park and was capped at England under-19 level while with the club.
He left without making a senior appearance in 2010 and went on to play for Barnet, Brentford and Dagenham, featuring 39 times for the latter.
Algeria-born Congo international Linganzi moved to England in 2010 and has featured for Blackburn, Accrington – where he was managed by Leam Richardson – and Gillingham.
He most recently appeared for French club Frejus and has turned out for the Blues in pre-season.
Pompey have completed the signing of striker Noel Hunt on a one-year deal.
The 33-year-old has already featured for the Blues in pre-season and will wear the number 20 shirt.
“This is a fantastic club,” said the former Republic of Ireland international. “They have a great reputation and manager, so it was a no-brainer for me.
“The gaffer wanted me to come down here and see what a professional standard it is. It’s a really high quality.
“I’ve turned down a few clubs from higher leagues because I felt that this was the right one for me.
“This is a club with plenty of ambition and I spoke to friends of mine who have played here before – like Andy Griffin, Jason Pearce and David Norris – and speak very highly about the place.
“It’ll be great to play in front of such large crowds and it gives you an extra buzz when you take to the pitch.”
Hunt started his career at Shamrock Rovers in his homeland before spells with Scottish sides Dunfermline and Dundee United.
He is perhaps best known for his time with Reading, however, where he scored 39 goals in 162 appearances and won promotion to the Premier League.
Hunt moved on to feature for Leeds and Ipswich, spending last season with Southend before departing in May.
Defender arrives from Accrington
Pompey have signed versatile full-back Adam Buxton on an initial one-year deal.
The 24-year-old – who turned down the offer of a new contract at Accrington – has been handed the number 21 shirt.
He said: “I’m happy to have signed for such a massive club – it feels like we’re only going to go in one direction.
“Hopefully I can help the lads get out of this division and back to where everyone wants to be.
“The fan-base here speaks for itself – it’s the best in the league and only Sheffield United from the one above are on a par with Pompey.
“I’ve played here at Fratton Park and seen first-hand that the supporters really get behind their team.”
Buxton came through the ranks at Wigan and had a spell on loan with Accrington before joining them permanently in the summer of 2014.
He scored two goals in 62 appearances during his time with Stanley and featured twice against the Blues last season.
Keeper departs Fratton Park
Pompey have reached a mutual agreement with Paul Jones to terminate the goalkeeper’s contract.
The 30-year-old has now signed a deal with Championship side Norwich.
Jones said: “I want to thank the fans and can assure them that I always gave 100 per cent during my time at Fratton Park.
“I loved my time here and am sad to be leaving, but I received a great opportunity and they don’t come around too often.
“I wish the club well and the manager’s put together a strong squad, so I have every faith that they’ll get over the line this season.”
Jones signed for the Blues in the summer of 2014 and made 64 appearances in his two years at the club.
Loan : Millwall – Portsmouth
Pompey have signed goalkeeper David Forde on a season-long loan from Millwall.
The 36-year-old Irishman has made 339 appearances for the Lions since joining them in the summer of 2008.
He progressed through the ranks at Galway United and later featured for Barry Town and West Ham before returning to his first club.
Derry was Forde’s next stop and he won three cup competitions with the Candystripes, then moved back to the English leagues with Cardiff and Millwall.
He helped the Londoners win promotion to the Championship via the play-offs in 2010 and was named the club’s Player of the Year in 2013/14.
Forde has won 24 Republic of Ireland caps and was part of the squad that travelled to Poland for Euro 2012.
Striker departs Pompey
Pompey and Adam McGurk have agreed a deal for the striker to leave Fratton Park.
The 27-year-old Northern Irishman has now signed for fellow League Two side Cambridge.
He joined the Blues last summer after two years with Burton, where he was a fourth tier title winner.
McGurk scored six goals in 36 appearances for Pompey, including a brace against Macclesfield in the first round of the FA Cup.
Transfer : Portsmouth – Forest Green Rovers
Striker moves to Forest Green
Pompey and Matt Tubbs have agreed a deal for the striker to leave Fratton Park and join Forest Green.
The 31-year-old scored 14 goals in 40 appearances for the Blues after signing from Bournemouth in January 2015.
Tubbs said: “I’d like to thank the fans for their support and also chairman Iain McInnes for giving me the chance to play for this fantastic club.
“Pompey belong in a higher league, but the club is moving in the right direction and I wish them well.
“This is a new and exciting chapter for me. Forest Green were unlucky not to win promotion last season and hopefully I can help them create history by becoming a League club.”
Everyone at Pompey would like to thank Matt for his service to the club and wish him well for the future.
Transfer : Doncaster Rovers – Portsmouth
Blues bring in Doncaster striker
Pompey have signed striker Curtis Main from Doncaster for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old has penned a two-year deal at Fratton Park, with the club having an option for a third year.
And he is hoping to help the Blues climb out of League Two in his first season on the south coast.
“I’m really happy and excited that it’s all been sorted and that I’m now a Pompey player,” said Main.
“I had my first training session with the lads on Saturday. I already knew a few of them and the rest have all been brilliant, so I’ve settled in effortlessly.
“I’ve come here to hopefully achieve promotion and I think that has to be the aim when you join a club like this.
“The fans know that we belong at a higher level and I think everyone agrees with that, so we’re all working in the same direction.
“I can’t wait to play in front of such large and passionate crowds at Fratton Park – that was a big draw for me signing here.”
Main started his career with Darlington, where he made his senior debut at the age of just 15.
He soon attracted the attention of Middlesbrough, spending three years with the Teesside club and making 48 Championship appearances.
Doncaster signed Main in the summer of 2014 and he scored 11 goals in 58 games for them, while also spending time on loan at Oldham last season.
Blues bring in defender
Pompey have signed defender Tom Davies on a two-year deal.
The 24-year-old was available on a free transfer after leaving Accrington at the end of last season.
He appeared in all three of Stanley’s games against the Blues last season and is looking forward to now having the Fratton faithful on his side.
“I’m buzzing and excited about pulling on that blue shirt,” said Davies. “I heard about the interest last week and as soon as Pompey’s name was mentioned, I told my agent that was where I wanted to go.
“The first couple of games were really tight last season, but the wall of noise when you come out of the tunnel at Fratton Park is incredible. I can’t wait to experience that every other week.
“Pompey played us off the park up at Accrington later on and it’s great to now be a part of that side.
“This place is amazing and the standards are very high, so it’s up to me to make sure that I reach them.”
Davies has already started pre-season training with the Blues and will be looking to get to know his team-mates better on next week’s trip to Ireland.
He said: “The lads have all been brilliant and very welcoming – they’ve told me what to expect.
“Ireland is a great opportunity to get some good work done. Pre-season isn’t always nice, but it’s certainly a necessity.
“We’ve got five weeks of hard work to make sure we can hit the ground running and reach our goals this season.”
Davies started his senior career in the non-league game with Team Northumbria and FC United of Manchester before moving to Fleetwood in 2014.
He arrived at Accrington last summer and scored once in 39 appearances during his single season with Stanley.
Transfer : Walsall – Portsmouth
Pompey have signed Milan Lalkovic from Walsall after the clubs concluded a compensation agreement.
The 23-year-old Slovakian winger – who has represented his country up to under-21 level – has penned a two-year deal with the Blues.
He was part of the Saddlers side that narrowly missed out on automatic promotion to the Championship last season.
Pompey assistant manager Leam Richardson said: “He fits into the structure of how we play extremely well and is a very dynamic player.
“He’s someone who we’ve watched for some time now and has got the ability to get fans out of their seats.”
Lalkovic came through the ranks at Chelsea and had several spells out on loan before joining Czech side Mlada Boleslav and then Barnsley.
He moved to the Bescot Stadium last summer and scored eight goals in 51 appearances during the 2015/16 campaign.
Transfer : Swindon Town – Portsmouth
Blues bring in Swindon striker
Pompey have signed striker Michael Smith from Swindon on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old spent three months on loan at Fratton Park last season and scored four times in 16 appearances.
He netted winning goals against Carlisle and AFC Wimbledon and was also on target in clashes with Bristol Rovers and Plymouth.
Smith said: “I really enjoyed my time here last season and am over the moon to be a Pompey player again.”
The Darlington youth product – who also spent time on loan at Barnsley last term – joined Swindon from Charlton in 2014.
He scored 26 goals in 72 games during his time with the Robins, helping them reach the League One play-off final in May 2015.
Smith becomes Paul Cook’s fifth summer signing, following the captures of Matt Clarke, Danny Rose, Carl Baker and Drew Talbot
Another summer arrival at Fratton Park
Pompey have swooped to sign Drew Talbot on a two-year deal from July 1.
The versatile 29-year-old is a free agent after leaving Chesterfield, where he made 277 appearances.
He was part of the side – managed by current Blues boss Paul Cook – who secured the 2013/14 League Two title.
Although predominantly used as a full-back, Talbot has also previously performed in midfield and as a striker.
Pompey’s assistant manager Leam Richardson said: “I’ve worked with Drew before and he’s a fantastic signing for this club.
“He’s everything that our fans like about a player – he’s robust, works hard and is very fit. He’s a great lad and we expect big things from him.”
Talbot started his career at Sheffield Wednesday and helped them claim League One promotion in 2005 by scoring in the play-off final.
He then moved on to Luton before signing for Chesterfield in 2009, where he also won the Football League Trophy in 2012.