Kranjcar Talks Underway

Pompey are hoping to tie the 24-year-old Croatian to a new contract that would run until 2013 but manager Tony Adams believes that Kranjcar is at present not performing to his true capabilities.

"Niko can do better," Adams told The News.

"He knocked in a few goals last season, but he hasn't scored since he was a super sub a couple of months ago, though.

"I expect more from my great players, because they are great players and Niko is a great player.

"I want to stretch my players, always push them and I think he is someone who needs that.

"He is a great footballer and needs to keep delivering."