10 superstars who almost signed for Portsmouth

The transfer window is well under way with Pompey looking to add to their ranks as they seek promotion from League One.

Friday, 18th January 2019, 11:00 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 5:34 pm
Pompey nearly signed these stars

But while any incoming players are sure to add quality to the squad, they won’t be on the levels of some superstars who were once linked with moves to Fratton Park,

During his extremely short tenure as Portsmouth owner, Sulaiman Al Fahim promised to sign Spanish superstar Sergio Ageuro but unsurprisingly the move never came to fruition and he signed for Man City in 2011. Picture: PA
In the summer of 2006, Harry Redknapp chased the former Real Madrid player and French international but he ultimately signed for Bolton. Picture: credit: Barry Zee

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David Beckham was a transfer target for Harry Redknapp in 2008, as MLS side LA Galaxy put the England star up for loan. But he decided on a move to AC Milan instead
While he is now in the dug out at Old Trafford, in 2004 Michael Carrick was close to signing for Portsmouth from West Ham but ultimately moved to Tottenham Hotspur
Pompey handed Brazilian winger Denilson a trial in 2006. However the one-time world's most expensive player, when he signed for Real Betis for £21.5m, couldn't agree a deal with the club
Didier Drogba was the one who got away, with Harry Redknapp trying to sign him from Guingamp in 2003, but was told the £3.5m asking price was too high. Picture: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire
Edin Dzeko was another superstar targeted by Tony Adams during his brief Pompey spell but the move didn't materialise. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire
Paul Gascoigne was linked with a move to Fratton Park in the early 2000s and even told the club 'lets talk', but the move never happened. Picture: Neil Munns/PA Wire
Pompey thought they had pulled off a sensational loan swoop for Real Madrid striker Javier Saviola in January 2009, but it fell through and he moved to Benfica instead.
During Tony Adams short reign as Pompey boss between 2008 and 2009, he had Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure in his sights but ended up with Hayden Mullins