Date: 16th July 2010 at 8:09am
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Steve Cotterill has made his first signing as Pompey manager, or had he?

There were a few ‘rumours’ going around on Thursday ‘claiming’ that we were looking at a deal to bring Ibrahima Sonko to Fratton on loan from Stoke.

Well, The Pompey Site has officially confirmed that a deal has been agreed to bring in the 29-year-old defender so now Cotterill, speaking from America, hopes that approval to the deal can be given and he will join the squad stateside: ‘he’s a big, strong and very powerful defender. I’ve followed him for a while and I thought he did a fantastic job at Reading.

‘He’s been a bit unlucky during his time at Stoke and hasn’t had too many first-team opportunities, although he did spend time on loan at Hull last season. He just needs to get back playing football.

‘I spoke to him before we flew out here to the USA and hopefully he’ll be able to come out and join us on tour.

‘We’re very thankful to Stoke’s chief executive, Tony Scholes, and to Tony Pulis for their help.

‘The deal is done and we’re just waiting for the okay from the Football League. At our end things are in the capable hands of our chief executive, David Lampitt.’

Some how, with the continued embargo in place – which almost certainly will remain in place following HMRC’s appeal yesterday – I cannot see this deal being agreed, can you?

The only way I could see this deal happening is if those high earning youngsters that we want to move on are moved on, which would see our squad numbers fall below 20 – special dispensation is then, apparently, given for signings to come in…

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