Redknapp lines up swap deal
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth's Andy O'Brien and Charlton's Souleymane Diawara are to swap clubs.
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that he has lined up a loan move for Charlton's Souleymane Diawara, with Andy O'Brien travelling in the opposite direction.
With Linvoy Primus and Sol Campbell both in superb form this season O'Brien has not had many opportunities to impress, and Redknapp is happy to let him go to Charlton.
In exchange Redknapp is set to receive Diawara, who has struggled to adapt to life in the Premiership since moving from Sochaux in August.
"I think Diawara is better than what he has shown at Charlton," said Redknapp.
"Sochaux wanted a lot of money for him in the summer.
"But bringing him on loan will give me a good chance to look at him. If he does well we can always make it permanent.
"Alan Pardew has gone to Charlton and wants to change things around. He wants a couple of English lads in at the back - Ben Thatcher's going there from Manchester City, and he likes Andy O'Brien."
Arnold Mvuemba clinched a loan move to Pompey on Wednesday after impressing on trial in December, and will stay at Fratton Park until the end of the season.
Redknapp is delighted to add the young Frenchman to his ranks, but said he would not be picked for Saturday's game at Sheffield United.
"I like the lad. He was outstanding against England for France Under 21s," hailed Redknapp.
"He's quick and with good feet and can play right across the midfield.
"But I won't throw him in on Saturday. Taking him on loan gives me a chance to look at him for a few months."