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Portsmouth sign Belhadj

Portsmouth signs the Algeria defender Nadir Belhadj on loan from Lens for the remainder of the season.

Portsmouth signed the Algeria defender Nadir Belhadj on loan from Lens for the rest of the season today. The 26-year-old left back, who will wear No 39 for Pompey, could join permanently at the end of the season if he impresses manager Harry Redknapp. Belhadj will probably compete for a place in the team with Armand Traore, who is on a year-long loan from Arsenal. The 18-year-old Traore was in the starting squad for the 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Aug 25 but missed Saturday's 3-0 win at Everton - Pompey's first victory this season. "The club have chased me for a while now and when I heard that they wanted me, there was only one place I wanted to come," Belhadj said. "I like the system that the side played against Everton at the weekend. It suits me because I have a lot of pace and I like to run a lot." Belhadj has also played for Gueugnon and Sedan, with whom he won promotion to the top flight of French football and reached the French Cup final. * AP

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