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Pennant joins Portsmouth on loan

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Portsmouth have completed the signing of Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant on loan until the end of the season.

The former England U-21 international failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Anfield following his £6.7 million arrival from Birmingham City in 2006.

The 26-year-old, whose contract expires this summer, will now spend the rest of the season at Fratton Park in a bid to put himself in the shop window before deciding his long-term future.

Tony Adams knows the winger well following their time together at Arsenal and the Pompey boss is looking forward to seeing Pennant providing the ammunition for former Anfield colleague Peter Crouch, who joined Portsmouth at the end of last season.

"I've known him a long time," Adams told the club's official website. "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 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 goals himself."

Pennant hit a hat-trick on his full league debut for Arsenal against Southampton in 2003, but two years later moved on after his career flagged under Arsène Wenger.

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