Traore set for instant action

New signing Djimi Traore is set to go straight into the Portsmouth side for Saturday’s Barclays Premiership match at Sheffield United.

New signing Djimi Traore is set to go straight into the Portsmouth side for Saturday’s Barclays Premiership match at Sheffield United.

And the £1m (€1.5m) recruit will be joined at Fratton Park next week by another of new Charlton boss Alan Pardew’s rejects, Senegal centre-half Souleymane Diawara.

New Charlton boss Pardew is prepared to sacrifice £3.7m (€5.6m) Diawara as well - taking Pompey’s out-of-favour Andy O’Brien in a straight swap – to refresh the Addicks’ battle against relegation with some new faces. He has already signed Manchester City’s Ben Thatcher.

Redknapp, who has also signed French Under-21 international midfielder Arnold Mvuemba on loan from Rennes for the rest of the season, has another opportunity to the best out of a player another club have given up on.

Traore, a 26-year-old Mali international, has played only 13 games for Charlton since former manager Iain Dowie paid £2.3m (€3.5m) for him to Liverpool in the summer.

His arrival at Portsmouth gives Redknapp experienced cover at left-back for the injured Dejan Stefanovic and Noe Pamarot – and means he can return Matt Taylor to the midfield for the clash the Blades.

Traore sustained a stress fracture of the left leg after only three appearances for Charlton, having been sent off on his debut against West Ham.

Redknapp said: “I am very happy to have Djimi. I’ve followed his career for a long time at Liverpool and wanted to sign him in the summer. I watched him help Liverpool knock Chelsea out of the Champions League in a goalless draw when he was man-of-the-match at Stamford Bridge. He is big and strong and versatile, with a great left foot, just what we will need at Sheffield United.”

Redknapp will be the fourth manager in little more than six months for Traore, who has signed a two-and-half year contract with Pompey and said: “It is a great opportunity for me to come from a side fighting relegation to one trying to win a European place.

“I’m really grateful to Harry Redknapp for giving me this chance and I know I have to repay his faith in me. I only came back into the Charlton team in November and I played more games for Les Reed than Iain Dowie who signed me.

“But this is a chance too good to miss because like most players I have ambitions and feel I can fulfil them here.”

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