Date: 30th May 2007 at 3:44pm
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Pompey have finally completed the club record transfer signing of Sulley Muntari from Udinese for an undisclosed amount – believed to be £7million, an amount that smashes the previous £4.4million paid for Benjani in January 2006.

Muntari – 22, becomes the third new Pompey arrival of the summer – after Sylvain Distin and Hermann Hreidarsson, both free transfers – and has signed a 5-year contract to stay with Pompey until 2012.

The Ghanaian international – like Distin before him – has set his sights on a place in Europe with Pompey – he told the Pompey website.

‘Portsmouth is a fantastic club with class players such as Pedro Mendes, Sol Campbell, David James and Kanu and a great manager in Harry Redknapp, who is also a great man. I have been a Pompey supporter ever since they first wanted me a year ago and I’ve watched as many games as I could. The fans are great and they really love their football. I’m really looking forward to playing in front of them and helping the club make a push for European competition.’

So there you have it Peter Storrie was not telling a word of a lie when he told us ‘not to panic’ over this deal.

Muntari will make a great signing and further strengthen our starting eleven let alone squad, next up a goalscoring striker please Sasha! I am not getting carried away but be prepared for this club record to be broken again during the summer – especially if this striker turns out to be Jermain Defoe as I still feel it could be.

PLAY UP POMPEY!