Unnamed Blues star set for Championship challenge

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Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill is hopeful of agreeing a season-long loan deal for one of Chelsea's up and coming stars reports

The Npower Championship boss refused to reveal the identity of the player he was hoping to bring to Fratton Park, but confirmed that preliminary discussions had taken place.

The Blues faced Pompey in their first pre-season friendly last Saturday before jetting out on their tour of Asia, where recently appointed manager Andre Villas-Boas will spend two weeks assessing his Stamford Bridge squad in preparation for the 2011-12 campaign.

A deal is unlikely to be completed until Chelsea return to England, but Cotterill remains quietly confident of bolstering his squad with some Barclays Premier League pedigree.

"I had about a 20-minute chat with Andre before the Chelsea game and mentioned to him we had already put in a request for a player before he got the job," Cotterill explained. "I wanted to have that conversation face-to-face with him as opposed to just being a request going in.


"He has only just got through the door at Stamford Bridge and now has two weeks in Asia, but we will speak when we both get back.

"We are waiting to see what happens at the moment, but nothing is set in stone. All I can say, though, is we have had conversations and, obviously, they are a fantastic club with a great squad there."

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