Transfers

Jun 142016
 

Carl Baker

Free Agent



Pompey have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Carl Baker on a two-year contract from July 1.

The 33-year-old joins fellow new additions Matt Clarke and Danny Rose as Paul Cook continues to shape his squad for the 2016/17 campaign.

Baker has spent the past two seasons at MK Dons, where he scored 15 goals in 72 appearances.

And he is delighted to make the move to Fratton Park, having come close to joining the Blues fairly recently.

“I very nearly signed for Pompey two years ago,” Baker recalled. “It’s lovely to finally arrive on the south coast.

“Since then I’ve kept a close eye on their results and another big factor in me coming here is that Paul Cook was my boss at Southport, where I started out.

“He’s an extremely passionate manager who is very knowledgeable and wants his teams to play football in a certain way.

“I know all about the expectations of the fans and far from fazing me, it’s a reason why I wanted to sign – along with the undoubted size of this club.

“I already know lads like Gary Roberts, Michael Doyle and Adam Barton and although I may have dropped down the league, after speaking to the manager I am in no doubt that Pompey are going places.”

Baker netted 10 goals in the 2014/15 season when MK Dons won automatic promotion to the Championship and was named Player of the Year.

The going was tougher last term and Karl Robinson’s side were relegated back to the third tier, but the midfielder still chipped in with five strikes.

After beginning his career in the non-league game with Southport, Baker moved on to feature for Morecambe and Stockport.

He then spent four-and-a-half years with Coventry, scoring 28 goals in 182 games and being named captain.


Portsmouth FC

Jun 062016
 

Matt Clarke

Transfer : Ipswich Town – Portsmouth

Adam Webster

Transfer : Portsmouth – Ipswich Town


    


Matt Clarke will join Pompey from Ipswich in a permanent deal on July 1, with Adam Webster moving in the opposite direction.

The 19-year-old centre-back has agreed a three-year deal with the Blues, who will also receive an undisclosed fee.

Clarke spent the 2015/16 campaign on loan at Fratton Park, scoring once in 33 appearances and is excited about returning.

“I’m over the moon,” he said. “It was a good season for me on a personal level, although we didn’t quite hit the heights we were aiming for.

“I’ve come on leaps and bounds – playing under-21 football just isn’t the same as turning out in front of massive crowds at Fratton Park.

“It was devastating for me to miss the play-off games with a niggly injury after working so hard throughout the campaign.

“But now I’m raring to get started again and am looking forward to what’s ahead at Pompey.

“This club might be in League Two, but everything’s set-up for us to be at a higher level and we want to make sure that happens.”

Webster scored five goals in 81 appearances after graduating from Pompey’s academy and represented England at under-19 level.


Portsmouth FC

Jun 032016
 

Danny Rose

Free Agent



Midfielder pens Blues deal

Pompey have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Danny Rose on a two-year contract.

The 28-year-old – who won the League Two title with Northampton last term – will officially become a Blues player on July 1.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Rose. “It was a deal that moved along quite quickly and the opportunity to play for a club like Pompey was one that I couldn’t turn down.

“I’m really excited about working with Paul Cook and the rest of the lads, and hopefully having a successful campaign.

“I played the last game of the season here with Northampton and was taken aback by the atmosphere for a game that had nothing really riding on it.

“So the opportunity to perform in front of those passionate fans week in, week out is very exciting.

“It’s a special place to play football and when the call came, it was a challenge that I was eager to accept.

“Pre-season is not the most enjoyable time, but I’m excited to get going when we return after summer break.”

Pompey suffered play-off heartache at the end of the 2015/16 campaign and Rose hopes they can follow in his former side’s footsteps next season.

He said: “There’s no hiding the fact that this is the biggest club in this division and there will always be certain expectations.

“But I’m sure that the squad we’ve got here – and the players who are sure to arrive – are capable of challenging for promotion.

“Having come here off the back of winning League Two, I’ve got experience of what it takes and that could be useful.”

Rose joined Northampton back in February and scored once in 15 appearances as the Cobblers cruised to the title.

The former Manchester United trainee previously appeared for Newport, Fleetwood and Oxford, playing more than 100 times for the latter in three separate spells.


Portsmouth FC

Mar 232016
 

Conor Wilkinson

Loan : Bolton Wanderers – Portsmouth



Pompey have signed Conor Wilkinson on loan from Bolton until the end of the season

The 21-year-old striker – who will wear the number 25 shirt during his time at Fratton Park – would be eligible to feature in any play-off matches.

But he will not be able to appear in the Blues’ Easter clashes with Notts County and AFC Wimbledon as he is currently away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland under-21 side.

Wilkinson has recently finished a stint on loan with fellow League Two side Newport and played at Fratton Park when the Welsh side won 3-0 earlier this month.

He made 12 appearances for County and has previously spent time with Torquay, Oldham and Barnsley.


Portsmouth FC

Feb 092016
 

Matt Tubbs

Loan : Portsmouth – Eastleigh



Matt Tubbs joins Eastleigh on loan till the end of season

While the progressive Pompey continue to drive forward, they have left behind the prolific 31-year-old.

Today’s loan move to Eastleigh for the remainder of the season was long-anticipated.

Stewart Donald’s club have realistic aspirations of reaching League Two. Tubbs is a natural fit.

He arrived at Fratton Park in January 2015 with much expectancy and, unlike so many recruits in recent times, didn’t disappoint.

During Tubbs’ early days with the Blues, they dropped as low as 18th in League Two under Andy Awford.

Yet once opening his account against Hartlepool upon his fifth appearance, there was never any danger of Pompey being dragged into non-league football.

Tubbs went on to score nine goals in 23 appearances – in the process establishing a decent strike partnership with Ryan Taylor.

There was the hat-trick at Cambridge United in February 2015, a team he flourishes against.

He also netted in wins over Hartlepool, Luton and Mansfield in addition to three draws. By the season’s end, his goals had contributed to 15 points.

Regardless, the club closed the campaign in 16th – its lowest finish in a 95-year Football League existence.

Yet League Two’s golden boot winner would soon endure a frustrating time.

Paul Cook arrived in May armed with a new system involving one striker in attack.

Despite starting the opening four league matches at the head of a 4-2-3-1 formation, the ongoing concern was Tubbs was not a natural in the role.

Jayden Stockley and Adam McGurk were soon catapulted above him, before both were struck down by injury.

Tubbs returned and netted in wins over Cambridge and Newport – yet failed to make a Blues squad since October 31.

Ironically, Cook has returned to a 4-4-2 in the last two matches, with Tubbs still rigidly out-of-favour.

On Saturday he instead played Fifa Soccer with young fans at Fratton Park, continuing to fulfil club duties.

Now, after 40 games and 14 goals, he has answered the SOS call from another club.

And we all know he will not let them down.


Portsmouth FC

Feb 012016
 

Michael Smith

Loan : Swindon Town – Portsmouth



Pompey have signed striker Michael Smith on a 93-day loan deal from Swindon

The 24-year-old will wear the number 21 shirt during his time at Fratton Park and is available for selection at Morecambe on Tuesday.

Smith joined the Robins in the summer of 2014 and has scored 26 goals in 72 appearances, while he spent time at Barnsley earlier in the current campaign.

He previously featured for Darlington and Charlton, and netted against Pompey during a spell on loan at AFC Wimbledon in 2013.


Portsmouth FC

Jan 282016
 

Michael Poke and Romuald Boco

Mutual Consent


    


Michael Poke and Romuald Boco leave Portsmouth by mutual consent

Rommy Boco and Michael Poke have left Pompey by mutual consent.

Versatile Boco, who joined the club as a free agent in September, made his debut at Newport in October.

The 30-year-old Benin international played a total five games for the Blues.

Goalkeeper Poke joined the Fratton Park club in the summer of 2014 as competition for Paul Jones.

He leaves without making a single first-team appearance after two loan spells at National League Eastleigh.


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Jan 282016
 

Kieron Freeman

Loan : Sheffield United – Portsmouth



Pompey have signed Kieron Freeman on loan from Sheffield United for the remainder of the season.

The 23-year-old – who will wear the number 17 shirt during his time at Fratton Park – can play on the left or right side of defence.

He said: “I got the call from the gaffer and I was excited to come down here because it’s a really big club.

“I know quite a few of the boys already and that will certainly help me to settle in quickly.

“I’ve played in front of big crowds at Sheffield United before and I know that Pompey also have an impressive following.

“So I’m looking forward to getting some more games under my belt and hopefully help to get this team promoted.”

Freeman has scored twice in 43 appearances for the Blades since signing from Derby in January 2015.

The Nottingham Forest academy graduate also enjoyed a spell on loan at Bramall Lane the previous season.

Freeman has featured 22 times this term, with Sheffield United currently sitting just outside the play-off places in League One.

He appeared – and scored – in their FA Cup first round victory over Worcester, so is cup-tied for this weekend’s clash with Bournemouth.


Portsmouth FC

Jan 222016
 

Nicke Kabamba

Loan : Liverpool – Portsmouth



Portsmouth have sealed a youth loan deal for the Liverpool keeper, who has arrived until the end of the season.

Fulton will go straight into the first-team picture for the promotion battle with Oxford United.

The 19-year-old has yet to make a senior Liverpool appearance, but the Scottish under-21 international is highly regarded at Anfield.

Cook explained he is still looking to do business with recruits and add quality to his ranks.

He said: ‘We want to make our team better.

‘We have money, so I believe. I read it in The News! That’s how me, Mark Catlin and Tony Brown speak!

‘It’s going well. The supporters can be happy in the fact the club has come a long way.

‘The cup runs and full houses add to what is a club moving forward.

‘When we go into the market we are bringing in players who improve us.

‘The club has put itself in that position and we are all happy to be there.

‘We have to look ahead now irrespective of where we are or where we think we’ll be looking ahead.

‘In the end, if you have good players you will end up where you want to be.

‘The foundations are strong.

‘What are foundations? They are something which make you better in the future.

That’s what we’re trying to do.’

Portsmouth FC

Jan 202016
 

Nigel Atangana

Transfer : Portsmouth – Leyton Orient



Nigel Atangana has joined Leyton Orient for an undisclosed fee.

Orient, Crawley and Ebbsfleet were among a number of clubs trailing the out-of-favour midfielder.

But Atangana yesterday opted for the League Two side following the agreement of a transfer fee with Pompey.

The 26-year-old had already been told by Paul Cook there will be no new deal when his existing contract expires at the season’s end – now he has bid farewell to Fratton Park.

The Frenchman’s last appearance was as a substitute at Carlisle in November and since has seen Danny Hollands, Ben Close and Adam Barton preferred as one of the two holding midfielders.

With Paul Cook keen to reduce his sizeable squad this month, Atangana had been a prime candidate to depart, alongside Matt Tubbs.

A broken leg for Hollands at Ipswich earlier this month potentially opened the door for the Frenchman, while Michael Doyle has played through injury.

As a result, Atangana travelled with the team to Accrington Stanley last weekend with the possibility of being named on the bench.

Instead the game was called off because of a frozen pitch.

On Tuesday night against Ipswich, Barton partnered Doyle in midfield, with Close on the bench – yet there was no Atangana once again in the squad, albeit with his Orient move imminent.

It means he was named only once in Pompey’s last 10 squads, despite being available.

Yet he started the first eight league matches of the Cook era before falling away from the side.

Atangana joined Pompey from the Hawks for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2014, going on to make 48 appearances and score once.


Portsmouth FC

Jan 142016
 

James Dunne

Mutual Consent



James Dunne has left Pompey by mutual consent.

The 26-year-old midfielder – who has spent the past two months on loan at Dagenham – has now signed for Cambridge.

He joined the Blues in the summer of 2014 and scored one goal in 39 appearances during his time at Fratton Park.

But his only game this season was as a late substitute in the Capital One Cup defeat to Reading.


Portsmouth FC

Nov 132015
 

Kal Naismith

Loan : Portsmouth – Hartlepool United



Kal Naismith

The Blues winger has joined League Two rivals Hartlepool until January 3 after boss Paul Cook decided he needed regular first-team football.

It’s been a difficult start to life at Fratton Park for the former Accrington man, who picked up an injury in pre-season and has struggled to make an impact since then.

After making his debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Exeter, the 23-year-old has made six appearances in total but has started just two of those games.

He made a substitute appearance in last weekend’s FA Cup victory over Macclesfield but Cook maintains a loan deal away from Fratton does not spell the end of the road for any of his players.

He said: ‘It’s not a case of me not seeing them as part of the plans.

‘If I wanted someone to leave the club, they wouldn’t go out on loan. Every deal is a different deal.

‘We have some lads who are still finding their way in the game and eventually you have to find the level that you play at and what you are supposed to be.

‘Some lads can get caught in no-man’s land, they end up being here for three or four months and haven’t played enough games.

‘Players need to be playing games and I would prefer to move people out so I have smaller numbers to work with.’


Portsmouth FC Kal Naismith