Hammer Schemmel eases Pompey's worries
A proposed swoop for Juan Pablo Sorin may fall through due to the wages the Argentine would require, so the latest name to be linked in the lft-back spot is dead ball specialist Ian Harte of Leeds United.
The Republic of Ireland international was frozen out last season by Terry Venebles, which has lead to speculation about his future at Elland Road. But Harte was linked to Barcelona only a year ago - so a proposed transfer could be quite a coup for Pompey.
Borsi Zikovic is poised to take the spot vacated by the injured Matt Taylor for the curtain raiser against Villa on Saturday.