Primus signs Pompey deal

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Portsmouth defender Linvoy Primus has signed a two-year contract extension with the south coast club.

Harry Redknapp was keen to secure the veteran defender to a new contract and Primus was happy to oblige.

The former Charlton and Reading stopper will now stay at Fratton Park through to 2008.

However, Redknapp has axed a number of his out-of-contract stars as he looks to freshen up his squad ahead of next term.

Goalkeepers Sander Westerveld and Andrea Guatelli have both left the club, as have Vincent Pericard, Gary Silk, Liam Horsted and Aliou Cisse.

On-loan pair Ognjen Koroman and Azar Karadas have returned to their full-time employers after failing to earn permanent deals.

A statement on the club's official website said: "Pompey will not be pursuing the option to purchase these players but they may look at them again in the future."

Meanwhile, Redknapp has travelled the continent over the past week on the search for new players.

Tunisian striker Francileudo dos Santos Silva and South African Benni McCarthy have both reported to have been watched by the Pompey boss.

"I have seen some good players and it is now just a case of whether I can get them," said Redknapp. 

"I will have to talk to my chairman (Milan Mandaric) to see what the situation is."