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Liam Lawrence has pledged his loyalty to Pompey.

The midfielder is reportedly interesting West Ham, who are said to be keen on a possible 4m deal.

That link has come just days after Lawrence sealed a permanent Blues switch on a three-and-a-half year deal.

The 29-year-old has been one of the stars of Pompey's season so far.

With eight goals in 18 games, he has added a new dimension to Steve Cotterill's midfield and become a fans' favourite.

He insists there is nothing in the Upton Park talk.

And the straight-talking Republic of Ireland international has reiterated he wants to stay with the Blues.

Lawrence said: 'I've heard that (the West Ham link) has been going around. Somebody rang me up the other day and mentioned they'd read it somewhere.

'I'm just concentrating on things at the minute – it's just paper talk I think.

'You never know – but I honestly do want to stay here and help this club to turn the corner.

'I love situations like this where we are trying to get back to where we should be.

'It was like that at Stoke. We grafted our backsides off every week to get the club where it is now.

'I want that to happen here – we just need a couple more players.

'We've got a fantastic spirit here and the gaffer is a massive part of things for us. It's just frustrating.

'We are doing all right. But we should be doing better.'

Lawrence's demonstration of commitment is fantastic news for Pompey fans in more troubled times for the club.

The in-form midfielder unquestionably represents the Blues' most bankable asset.