Adams seeking more new faces

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Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is confident of adding more new signings to his squad by the end of the week after landing Jermaine Pennant on loan from Liverpool until the end of the season.

Pompey signed the 26-year-old on a temporary agreement and Adams insists there will be more new faces to follow. His battle to sign Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen remains on-going, but Adams believes Pennant can supply the ammunition for striker Peter Crouch in the same way he did when the pair were on Merseyside.

Adams said: "I saw him play with Peter Crouch for Liverpool at Fulham last year and he was constantly getting past their left-back and getting crosses in for Crouchie. That's a good combination that I wanted to put back together."

"I've known him a long time," continued Adams. "He's quick and technically very gifted. He can have a go at defenders."

But while there was frustration in the chase for Poulsen, Adams hopes to land other players on his shopping list before the weekend.

The Pompey boss has run the rule over 100 players since December and says it is now all about getting his main targets to Fratton Park on the right deals.

"I don't like speaking about other players but I will just say that it (the Poulsen deal) is way down the line," said Adams. "We could have a few new recruits before the weekend, though.

"There are areas of concern - that is obvious from the amount of centre-backs we are playing in midfield at the moment. That's an area that needs reinforcing.

"There are a lot of players out there I would love to have, too. The practicality, the finance and the availability I'm not so sure about.

"I'm not panicking, though. A lot of work has been done and there are players on the list. I've looked at over 100 players since December. I've got the ones I want. My work is done really."

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