Pompey pick up pair

By Keith Allman
Last updated : 28 January 2005
Portsmouth today completed the signing of goalkeeper Konstantinos Chalkias and fellow Greek midfielder Giannis Skopelitis for a combined today of £1.1m. Both are able to compete in tomorrow's FA Cup tie with Southampton.

Chalkias was the second choice keeper for Greece during the recent Euro 2004 tournament, in which they won the title. Skopelitis has a reputation as a hard working midfielder, but also with a fair touch of skill to his game. There will be some who are cynical about these signings purely on the basis that they're not established names in this country, but personally I believe we've got to put our faith in the management and what they think is right. Milan has put his money where his mouth is and wouldn't invest a large amount if he didn't believe it was worth it.

But there's still more to come; Milan has also announced that, "We may not have finished yet and are still looking to possibly bring in two more players with one of them an offensive midfield man." Of the new signings, he said, "Konstantinos is a giant of a goalkeeper regarded as one of the top in Greek football and in my book you can never have enough class keepers. Skopelitis is a solid defensive midfield man who fills the hole left by Amdy Faye very nicely."

Meanwhile, Dmitri Bulykin is still left hanging around in the wait for his paperwork to come through. This now means he won't be able to play against Southampton, but it is hoped the deal will be finished in time for the Middlesbrough match. But the main focus now is the potential two new signings, especially with Milan teasing us about one of them - "This is a bid and terms that have been agreed by both clubs and now it is down to agreeing with the player which we hope to do. Given the magnitude of the player it is proof that we are looking to pull out all the stops to strengthen our team in areas which it needs."

We wait with baited breath.

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