Date: 4th July 2006 at 12:52pm
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Toddy has tried to persuade Petrov to join the club.

Talking to The News Toddy said : ‘He’s a good friend of mine. I’ve known him for about 12 years. We played in the national youth side together, then the under 21’s

‘Now we are team mates in the Bulgaria squad. I speak to him quite often. He’s a nice guy.

‘It would be a great signing for us. I’ve told him all about Portsmouth and said it would be a good club to come to.

‘He’s a creator, and scores goals. But he’s not just a playmaker. His game is not just about going forward, he can defend as well. He’s strong and gets all over the pitch from central midfield.’

Harry Redknapp said, ‘I’m very interested. And now Jiri Jarosik has gone from Chelsea to Celtic they might be looking to shift Petrov.’