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05.11.2008 Football News

Pompey glad over Jebrin swoop

English side Portsmouth have expressed their delight in beating off tough competition from top European sides to sign Ghanaian youngster Torric Jebrin.

The 17-year-old signed a three-year contract with the club on Monday to complete the move from local side Hearts of Oak.

Pompey's Director of Youth Operations Paul Hart feels that he has pulled off a real coup in persuading Jebrin to choose Fratton Park outfit ahead of not just the glamour sides from the Capital, but also Roma, Lyon and Atletico Madrid.

"He's a great little kid with a lovely left foot. He was spotted by our scout in France," said Hart.

"There were a lot of clubs in Spain and elsewhere in Europe who were after him, so it's great to get him here at Pompey."

The player spent a period of time on trial with Portsmouth and impressed enough to be offered a permanent deal.

He will be immediately loaned out to Belgian feeder club Zulte Waregem to gain experience and make him eligible for a work permit.

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