Portsmouth manager Paul Hart hopes to make progress in the transfer market this week.

Pompey returned from a brief tour of Portugal on the back of two defeats by Vitoria Guimaraes and then Benfica. Although the protracted takeover by Sulaiman Al Fahim is now well on the way to a successful completion, so far Hart - installed as permanent boss following a successful battle against relegation while caretaker at the end of last season - has seen more players leave than arrive, but Hart hopes to recruit players imminently.

"We have got targets and we are trying to close those down," the manager told the Portsmouth News.

Striker Peter Crouch has followed fellow England international Glen Johnson out of Fratton Park, while midfielder Sean Davis joined Bolton on a free and captain Sol Campbell's contract was allowed to expire.

Former Liverpool full-back Steve Finnan has come in, along with one-time Blackburn midfielder Aaron Mokoena.

Portsmouth are looking to agree terms over a season-long loan deal for Amr Zaki from Egyptian club El Zamalek and have been linked with a swoop for Australian striker Mark Viduka, released by relegated Newcastle, as well as a move for Celtic left-back Lee Naylor.

Hart wants any deals done as soon as possible - with the kick off to the new Barclays Premier League campaign fast approaching.

He added: "I have been working (on transfers) while in Portugal, but it is much easier when you're actually in England and I am hoping one or two things may happen this week.

"We have got a lot of targets and we are looking at a lot of players and trying to whittle them down to get them in. We have not got many strikers.

"We are looking at other players, but obviously strikers are important."

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