Unsurprisingly, Anton Walkes has finally confirmed his permanent switch from Tottenham to Portsmouth this evening. The 21-year-old has signed a two-year-deal with an option of a further year.
Walkes improved as last season progressed when on loan at Pompey but he was hardly spectacular. It'll be interesting to see if Kenny Jackett plays him regularly and if so, whether that will be at right back or defensive midfield as the squad now has plentiful options in both positions.
Hopefully this signing will be reminiscent of Glen Johnson's loan-to-permanent transfer ten years ago. A solid if unspectacular spell on loan from Chelsea meant that fans were slightly nonplussed when he signed a permanent deal but he ended up becoming the best right back in the country. Here's hoping Walkes is the League One Glen Johnson!
In other unsurprising transfer news, Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain will leave Pompey at the end of the month when his contract expires and will be joining Notts County in League Two.
It's a shame we never got to see him play any sort of regular football at Fratton Park after his serious injury but hopefully he can get his career back on track at Meadow Lane.
The squad is shaping up nicely ahead of the August 5th transfer deadline day but the Mohammed Eisa saga continues to drag on. Now Sunderland are waving their massive (but impotent) cock around in League One it will be impossible to outbid them for any pkayer with the amount of parachute money they have from the Premier League.
However, local media around Cheltenham suggests that Pompey are still the frontrunners but bids in excess of £1 million have been rejected by the Robins.
Expect this saga to continue right to the wire.