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West Ham battle with Portsmouth for MarcAntoine Fortune's signature
Published : 06 Jul 2009 10:19:14
The 28-year-old striker was a key target for Gianfranco Zola, with Celtic and Hull also courting the Nancy frontman. But Portsmouth, who fear they will lose Peter Crouch, have joined the race for the player who impressed on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season. Crouch is being pursued by Sunderland, and if he leaves Fratton Park, the managerless club will need to bring in a tall forward. Portsmouth's late enquiry means Fortune, who scored five goals in 17 games for Albion, is awaiting developments. There was some better news for West Ham, however, when Danny Gabbidon made a playing comeback at the weekend. Gabbidon came through unscathed after his first match action in 18 months with a charity fixture in Cardiff. The defender featured in a game to mark the opening of Cardiff City's new stadium and he said: "I have been back in training since the end of last season and I asked West Ham if I could play in the Legends game. "They gave me the go-ahead and it was a great feeling to be back playing.' Gabbidon will report for training this week and it is hoped he will figure in West Ham's friendly at Grays Athletic. It would be his first game in a West Ham shirt since December 2007, against Everton, and since then the Welshman has suffered a series of injuries related to an initial abdominal problem.