Cotterill hails arrival of Hungarian powerhouse

Marko Futacs has penned a one-year deal at Pompey, with an option for a further two

Marko Futacs has penned a one-year deal at Pompey, with an option for a further two

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Pompey manager Steve Cotterill hailed fending off rival interest to land his new Hungarian hitman.

Cotterill yesterday made Marko Futacs his ninth signing of the summer.

Futacs inked a year’s deal with an option to extend to a further year after a successful trial with the Blues.

The 6ft 5in powerhouse has just been released by Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen, after spending last season on loan at German second division side FC Ingolstadt 04.

Cotterill described signing Futacs, 21, as ‘a calculated risk’.

The Pompey boss explained there were other sides vying to land the player, who has also had a spell at French side Nancy.

Nottingham Forest were thought to be among the teams Pompey beat to secure his signature.

Cotterill is looking forward to working with Futacs, who joins Kanu, Dave Kitson, Luke Varney, Benjani and Erik Huseklepp as Pompey’s striking options.

Cotterill said: ‘He’s got good potential. I know someone else was trying to jump over it this week but I managed to see them off.

‘I’ve added in that area now. We’ve got a bit of everything. A bit of youth and a bit of experience.’

Meanwhile, it has been revealed Pompey spent £674,920 on agents’ fees between July 2010 and June 2011.

A report shows they paid the eighth highest amount in the Championship to agents for a total of 58 transactions.

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