Bottom of the table Portsmouth have had their transfer embargo lifted by the Premier League, meaning that they can try and bring some players into the club to assist in their battle against relegation.

Avram Grant looking for a bargain.

However, Pompey manager Avram Grant will only be able to sign new recruits on loan or on a free transfer as they are still not allowed to buy anyone for a fee.

The ban had been in place since October, but now that it has been lifted they have the rest of this month to try and do some business. Grant would presumably have had a list of targets in mind though, so now it is a case of making a move for them.

If he can bring in the right players, then Portsmouth’s relegation odds might yet lengthen.

Speaking about the news, chief executive Peter Storrie said that the club have “worked hard” in recent months to ensure that the management team are able to “strengthen the squad where necessary”.

According to Storrie, the fact that the Premier League have ruled that the club have no outstanding transfer debts, is “another piece of the jigsaw” as the club tries to move in the right direction both on and off the pitch.

As for who Grant might look to bring in over the next week, Egypt striker Emad Meteab is expected to hold talks with the club over a potential move.

For now though, it is all about their game against West Ham this evening. The game at Fratton Park is a great chance for Portsmouth to follow up today’s news with three points.

Portsmouth’s Premier League odds make them favourites for the match and a win would move them to within two points of the Hammers, so it is a big evening for Grant’s men.

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