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PORTSMOUTH have splashed out £650,000 on Sheffield United defender Shaun Derry, as Tony Pulis continues his rebuilding programme at Fratton Park.

The former Notts County ace has passed a medical and agreed a four-year contract with the South Coast outfit. The 22-year-old can also play in midfield.

"I don`t regard this as a gamble," Derry stated. His new boss, Pulis, is "delighted" with his new recruit and will throw him straight into the clash with Crewe at the weekend.

Pompey also swooped for Justin Edinburgh and Kevin Harper recently and there is talk that there will be more arrivals before the transfer deadline.

Adam Marshall