Vignal catches Porto's eye

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Porto have sounded out Portsmouth regarding the availability of Gregory Vignal, Pompey's chief executive, Peter Storrie, has revealed.

The former Liverpool and Rangers defender is facing an uncertain future at Fratton Park with new manager Harry Redknapp eager to mould an inherited squad in his own fashion.

Vignal has been unable to hold down a regular starting place but Porto's interest could pave the way for his departure, with Newcastle also thought to be in the running for the player's signature.

Storrie confirmed that Pompey had received a tentative enquiry from the Portuguese giants and would be willing to entertain any offers.

"We have been contacted on Porto's behalf but we have not heard directly from the club themselves," Storrie told MaisFutebol.

"We are prepared to listen to offers but Porto will have to come to an agreement with us before they can talk to the player."

Vignal's representative, Phillipe Flavier, confirmed Porto's admiration of the Frenchman as well as the player's disillusionment with life at Fratton Park.

"The coach has changed, he is not satisfied with the club and now we know of Porto's interest we are also interested," said Flavier.