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Stoke defender set for Pompey loan

By | 17th July 2010

Stoke City defender Ibrahima Sonko is set to go on a season long loan to Championship side Portsmouth. Pompey is bracing itself for its first season in the Championship following their gut-wrenching relegation from the Premier League last season, and with cash a scarce commodity at Fratton Park they view the loan deal as good value.

“He’s a big, strong and very powerful defender. I’ve followed him for a while and I thought he did a fantastic job at Reading,” Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill told Pompey’s official website.

“He’s been a bit unlucky during his time at Stoke and hasn’t had too many first-team opportunities, although he did spend time on loan at Hull last season. He just needs to get back playing football.

“I spoke to him before we flew out here to the USA and hopefully he’ll be able to come and join us on tour. The deal is done and we’re just waiting for the okay from the Football League.”

Sonko has been a rare sight at the Brittania since he made a move from Reading two years ago. He spent last season on loan at Hull City, another club who faced the drop at the end of last season.

The loan deal is agreed in principle between both clubs, but Portsmouth needs to wait for final approval from the league due to their transfer embargo.

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