|PORTSMOUTH CLOSER TO SIGNING HYLAND
|Trinidad and Tobago's 19-year-old midfielder Khaleem Hyland is close to signing a four-year deal with English club Portsmouth.
Hyland impressed in Trinidad and Tobago's recent friendly defeat to England and Pompey have moved to snap him up ahead of a number of other clubs. And he has maintained his place in Francisco Maturana's first team in recent matches including the 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Bermuda.
The 19-year-old's agent, Steve Davies has confirmed Portsmouth have tabled an offer for Hyland and that the move is subject to a work permit.
Hyland recently said: "They (Portsmouth) have kept the interest in me and I've just been trying to ensure that I am doing what it takes to keep myself in the national team and do my best for the country and to get the caps for the work permit."
"Khaleem has been offered a four-year deal by Portsmouth and we are just waiting for a work permit and we don't envisage any problems with that," Davies told skysports.com.
"There were a host of clubs interested in signing Khaleem, but he is happy to go with Portsmouth.
"Portsmouth have held a long-term interest in Khaleem and he is looking forward to the chance of playing in England." (July 10, 2008)