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Striker moves to League One side
Michael Smith has joined Northampton loan for the rest of the season.
The 25-year-old striker has scored 10 goals in 37 appearances since arriving at Fratton Park in February 2016.
He netted a hat-trick in August’s EFL Trophy defeat at Yeovil and also struck this season in league games against Cheltenham, Luton and Stevenage.
Northampton won the League Two title last term and currently sit 16th in the third tier standings table ahead of a trip to Walsall on Saturday.
Blues bring in striker on deadline day
Pompey have signed Eoin Doyle on loan from Championship side Preston North End for the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign.
The 28-year-old Irish striker will wear the number 17 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.
He played under Paul Cook at both Sligo and Chesterfield, and the Blues boss said: “Having worked with Eoin previously at two clubs, I am delighted with this signing.
“He knows what I want as a manager and I know that I can rely on him to give 100 per cent on the pitch.
“Eoin brings commitment and quality to our side and I’m sure he’ll be popular with all our supporters.
“We’re extremely pleased with his signing and are very grateful to Preston for loaning him to us.”
Doyle moved south of the border from Hibs to join Chesterfield in 2013 and also featured for Cardiff prior to signing for Preston last summer following a successful loan spell.
Midfielder joins National League side
Ben Close has joined Eastleigh on loan for the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old midfielder has made four appearances for Pompey this term, most recently skippering the side to an EFL Trophy victory over Bristol Rovers.
He also featured against Yeovil and Reading in the same competition, as well as in the FA Cup defeat to Wycombe.
Eastleigh – managed by ex-Blues midfielder Martin Allen – are currently sitting 13th in the National League table ahead of their next game at Guiseley
Defender departs Fratton Park
Pompey and Adam Buxton have mutually agreed to cancel the defender’s contract with Pompey.
The 24-year-old full-back made eight appearances for the Blues after signing from Accrington last summer.
He made his debut in an EFL Cup defeat at Coventry in August, also featuring in cup contests against Reading, Wycombe and Bristol Rovers.
Everyone at the club would like to thank Adam for his service and wish him well for the future.