Todorov signing poses questions

Last updated : 12 March 2002 By
The Home office have finally granted Todorov a work permit - despite originally turning down Pompey's application due to the Bulgarian being only involved in 60% of matches for his international team. However after an appeal by Pompey, it seems that they have wangled the 75% pass mark by including substitute call ups and injury moments for the striker.

His arrival is being greeted as a massive plus for the player and the club. Todorov has been waiting by his phone for two weeks and his agent told The News that Todorov "just wants to show everybody what he can do. Todorov is a Premiership player. It's West Ham's loss and Portsmouth's gain. It's a great buy for Portsmouth."

Todorov is highly rated but with another £750,000 spent, Pompey now have nine strikers on the books and many fans will want to see Leo Biagini signed for good. Biagini has exceled since his arrival at Pompey, but a recent article in The Times stated that it is unlikely that Pompey will sign him - if they don't it will be a great loss to the club as Biagini has arguably looked the best striker at the club since Paul Walsh.

Next season Graham Rix will hopefully have to choose from Biagini, Crouch, Burchill and Todorov with Lee Bradbury close behind. This would be an incredibly potent strike force but begs questions over the future of Nightingale, Lovell and Vine. It is likely that at least one of these will be sold, with Nightingale the obvious candidate.

Todorov is hoping to pass a medical on Wednesday and be in contention for a squad place for the match up at Crewe on Saturday.