Pennant agrees Pompey loan

20 January 2009 05:47
Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is delighted to have completed the signing of Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant on loan until the end of the season. Pompey had an undisclosed bid, believed to be in the region of £2.5million, accepted by Liverpool last week. The 26-year-old winger failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Anfield following his £6.7million arrival from Birmingham City in 2006. The former England Under-21 international has been linked with a move away from Merseyside since the summer and his fortunes have not improved this season after making just four appearances in Rafael Benitez's side. Pennant, who was linked with a shock switch to Real Madrid earlier this month, is known to Adams from the two men's time with Arsenal. Adams told Pompey's official website: "I've known him a long time. We were together at Arsenal a long, long time ago. He was the new kid on the block and a very exciting prospect. "He's quick and technically very gifted. He can have a go at defenders. "I saw him play with Peter Crouch for Liverpool at Fulham last year and he was constantly getting past their left-back and getting crosses in for Crouchie. "That's a good combination that I wanted to put back together. He's going to put some good crosses in and hopefully weigh in with a few crosses himself."

Source: ESA