Hogg joins Pompey on loan

Matt Clarke has found himself back in familiar surroundings in the centre of defence in recent weeks  Picture: Joe Pepler

Back home – but Pompey defender would switch back

Aston Villa midfielder Jonathan Hogg has joined Pompey on loan for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old midfield star is one of Villa's brightest prospects and made his Premier League debut in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United in November.

Villa boss Gerard Houllier said: 'This loan move will greatly assist in his career development.'

Hogg has also impressed against Blackburn, Liverpool and West Brom this season and played against Birmingham in the Carling Cup.