Date: 30th December 2008 at 12:49pm
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Finally some good news, Nadir Belhadj has signed a permanent contract with Pompey.

The Pompey Site has confirmed that he will officially become a full time Pompey player on Thursday and he has signed a 4 and a half year contract for a fee of ?4.5m, which is around £4.4m – clearly, as promised, so credit where it is due, some of the Lassie money has been used here.

Tony Adams, who played a major role in his arriving on loan in the first place, is thrilled that we have turned his deal into a permanent one: ‘I’m delighted to have secured Nadir as a permanent signing.

‘Nadir is an excellent acquisition for the club and even Arsene Wenger commented on his ability to spring from defence to attack so quickly. He has great pace and energy and is a terrific crosser of the ball, too.

‘At the moment he’s playing left back and developing a good relationship with Niko Kranjcar, but he can also play left midfield.

‘His enthusiasm is first class and he’s already a big favourite with the Fratton Park fans – they recognise he gives everything.’

This is fantastic news, I am delighted that we have tied him down to a long term contract – hopefully this is a statement of intent and not something to ‘appease the natives’ before a full scale clearout goes ahead!

My own thinking is the Belhadj and Niko Kranjcar partnership is not working anywhere near as well as the one that the Algerian had with Armand Traore, so I would go back to that one – but where does that leave the Croatian? For me we have struggled more since he returned…

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