Pennant loan deal done

Jermaine Pennant has left Liverpool for Portsmouth until the end of the season, it has been confirmed.

The winger has failed to impress boss Rafa Benitez this season and has only appeared in a handful of games. After being linked with permanent moves to Wigan, Blackburn and even AC Milan and Real Madrid, the former Notts County, Arsenal, Leeds and Birmingham City midfielder has joined Tony Adams’ set-up at Fratton Park.

Pennant will team up with another former Red, Peter Crouch, who left Anfield for the South coast last summer.

Pompey boss Adams had high praise for Pennant on his arrival. He said, “I’ve known him for a long time – we were together at Arsenal a long, long time ago.

“He was a very exciting prospect. He’s quick and very technically gifted and he can have a go at defenders.

“I saw him play with Peter Crouch for Liverpool at Fulham last year and he was constantly getting past their left-back and getting crosses in for Crouchie.”

Pennant has made 79 first team appearances, scoring three goals for the club – the most memorable being his first against Chelsea in January 2007. Out of contract this summer, he is expected to have played his last game for the club.