Pompey silent on Vieira link

Portsmouth are refusing to comment on speculation linking them to a £4m bid for Inter Milan’s former Arsenal and Juventus star Patrick Vieira.

The Frenchman, now 32 and past his considerable peak, is still a strong driving force for his national side and would command wages of around £100,000 a week but any deal would have to wait until Inter’s new manager Jose Mourinho has got his feet under the table at the San Siro.

It has been reported that Mourinho plans to raid former club Chelsea for the likes of Frank Lampard and Michael Essien, which would in turn put the squeeze on midfielder Vieira but a Pompey spokesman said: “We are being linked to one big name after another and it is bound to happen but we are still not commenting.”

Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie has admitted manager Harry Redknapp wants five new signings this summer – at least three of them “top quality” to cope with the new demands of a UEFA Cup campaign and the bid for another top 10 Barclays Premier League finish.

And despite having emphatically dismissed a report of signing Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Mattos from Panathinaikos, stories are still speculating in Greece of Pompey’s bid of “over £5.9m ” for the former Corinthians star.

His agent Pini Zahavi told the Portsmouth News: “At the moment we are considering three bids from English clubs for him, one from Portsmouth and two others.

“But it is still possible he could stay with Panathinaikos. He likes the working conditions there and loves the fans.”

More in this Section

Liverpool new boy Takumi Minamino living up to Jurgen Klopp’s expectationsLiverpool new boy Takumi Minamino living up to Jurgen Klopp’s expectations

Bournemouth hope magic of Harry Potter can conjure up FA Cup progressBournemouth hope magic of Harry Potter can conjure up FA Cup progress

Pliskova joins other big name casualties at Australian OpenPliskova joins other big name casualties at Australian Open

Jose Mourinho says Tottenham’s winter break scheduled at the ‘wrong moment’Jose Mourinho says Tottenham’s winter break scheduled at the ‘wrong moment’


Esther N McCarthy paints a pretty picture with her January picks, along with cool ideas for fridges and lunchboxesWishlist: Fridges and lunchboxes make our list of January picks

Maturity isn’t a good fit for every rapper (see: Kanye’s bedraggled coming-to-Jesus phase). But through 2018 it was working a treat for former bad boy — and Ariana Grande’s ex — Mac Miller. But then his story turned to tragedy as that September, the 26 year-old died of an accidental drug overdose.Review: Mac Miller - Circles

The year is 2399, and Jean-Luc Picard dreams of his old ship, destroyed three decades ago, and his dear friend, the android Data, dead 20 years now. Dreams turn to nightmare, and Picard awakens, old and defeated, in his French château.Review: Star Trek: Picard

A Polish prisoner carefully checks there are no guards around before he enters one of the SS cloakrooms in Auschwitz. He takes out a hidden vial and quickly sprinkles its contents on the collars of those hated uniforms, before slipping out again. Within two weeks some of the Germans had come down with the typhoid that was wiping out so many of the prisoners.Gripping account of the hero who volunteered to go to Auschwitz

More From The Irish Examiner