Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Portsmouth sign Preston striker (video)

Portsmouth have signed striker David Nugent from Championship side Preston North End for a 6m pound fee beating out Sunderland who also had an offer accepted

The 22 year old passed his medical at Fratton Park and signed a four year contract this morning.

Nugent joins Sylvain Distin, Hermann Hreidarsson, Sulli Muntari as Portsmouth’s summer moves.

While Nugent really wanted Everton to swoop for him, David Moyes would not table more than 4m pounds for the player.

Preston manager Paul Simpson accepted Nugent's insistence on leaving for the Premiership reluctantly and must now look for a replacement despite having strikers Brett Ormerod, Neil Mellor, Patrick Agyemang and Karl Hawley on the books. None scored as many. Preston missed out on the Championship play-offs on the final day of last season. Not a bad profit though, Preston paid 100,000 pounds in 2005 for the player.

Nugent made his England debut as a substitute against Andorra in March and scored on the occasion. He’s featured often in the junior sides.

It’s an important acquisition for Pompey as they will be without Benjani and Lua Lua for a significant part of the season as both players are planning to play in the African Cup of Nations.

Here is a video of your new man:

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