Hart hopeful on Finnan
Portsmouth boss Paul Hart has admitted to holding an interest in Espanyol full-back Steve Finnan. The Republic of Ireland international is reported to be negotiating his release from the Primera Liga outfit, after spending less than 12 months in Spain. His possible availability has drawn attention from a number of clubs in England, where Finnan has previously taken in spells with Birmingham, Notts County, Fulham and Liverpool. It appears that Portsmouth are leading the race for his signature, with Hart optimistic about landing the experienced full-back. "We are interested in Finnan and are hoping something can happen on that one soon," the Pompey boss told The News. "There are a few things need clearing up. That's all I want to say right now." Meanwhile, Hart has also confirmed that discussions are ongoing regarding a new contract for centre-half Sylvain Distin. The Frenchman has been strongly linked with summer exit from Fratton Park, but Pompey are reluctant to part with the former Manchester City man. "With Sylvain, talks are being held and I definitely want to keep him here," added Hart.
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