Barton Signs For Thistle

Last updated : 31 August 2016 By Jim Bonner

Pompey have sold Adam Barton to Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-year-deal at the Jags and leaves Fratton Park after just over a year as a Portsmouth player.

This move has come out of nowhere and is quite a surprising one given how Paul Cook has sung his praises in the past. Perhaps Adam doesn't want to continue his career at centre back and there wasn't a place in midfield for him in Cook's current plans despite his talent on the ball?

Or maybe this is a reluctant deal as the manager has plans to make a late move for someone and needed to free up some money on the wage bill before getting the deal done?

If that's the case, Cook has fewer than three hours to get any business done before the transfer window closes. There are no emergency loans this season, either, so if the squad is to be bolstered with players who aren't free agents then it has to be done now unless he wants to wait until January.

In the meantime, we wish Adam all the best north of the border and wait to see if there are any more surprises in store tonight.