Portsmouth have completed the signing of Christian Saydee from Premier League outfit Bournemouth, as revealed by the club on Twitter.
The striker who joins from the Premier League side has become Pompey’s third signing of the transfer window, with today being the first day of the transfer window and he joins free agent signings Will Norris and Conor Shaughnessy. Pompey also have one outgoing, as they confirmed the departure of Reeco Hackett, who joins League One club Lincoln City.
Saydee joins for an undisclosed fee from the Cherries following a season long loan with Shrewsbury Town in the same division. The striker actually went on trial with Pompey last summer, making two pre season appearances, before Danny Cowley opted against the signing.
But clearly John Mousinho has seen something different in the player, as he goes against his predecessor’s decision and makes Saydee a permanent signing for the club. Portsmouth were short a striker following the end of Dane Scarlett’s loan spell with the club, which was somewhat of a mixed stint, as he returned to Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur. The Spurs man made 40 appearances while at Fratton Park, scoring six goals and providing two assists.
The now former Bournemouth forward joins after his loan spell with Shrewsbury Town, where he made 35 appearances for the Shrews in the third tier, scoring seven goals and proving three assists in over 2000 minutes of football last season.
Portsmouth are preparing for a new season and looking strong with acquisitions in the permanent signings department, as opposed to loan spells, which they have relied on in recent years, to not much success. Last season, the club finished eighth in League One, but remained a short distance off the playoff spots, largely in part to Danny Cowley’s shortcomings in his tenure at the start of the season, before he and the club parted ways in January.
Mousinho stepped in in January and has led the club in the right direction so far, with a surge up the table that left fans in hope of a playoff spot, but ultimately fell short as injuries hampered some results towards the end of the season.
Portsmouth look to a promotion charge next season, with the club looking like one of the strongest teams in the division on paper and busy transfer activity on the first day of the window is a step in the right direction. The club seem to be aware of the departments that need strengthening and continue to address them. It looks to be a good season coming up for John Mousinho and his team on the South Coast.