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Pennant ready to revive flagging career

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  • Pompey boss Tony Adams signs Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant on loan
  • Pennant reunited with ex-Reds striker Peter Crouch who signed last summer
  • Adams knows Pennant from their time together at north London club Arsenal
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(CNN) -- Portsmouth manager Tony Adams has signed former Arsenal colleague Jermaine Pennant on loan from Liverpool for the rest of the season.

Crouch and Pennant hit it off for Liverpool at Fulham in a performance that impressed Pompey chief Adams.

Crouch and Pennant hit it off for Liverpool at Fulham in a performance that impressed Pompey chief Adams.

The 26-year-old winger will also be reunited with his former Anfield colleague Peter Crouch who joined FA Cup holders Pompey at the end of last season.

"I've known him for a long time," said Adams. "We were together at Arsenal a long, long time ago. He was the new kid on the block and a very exciting prospect."

Pennant was expected to move last week after the clubs agreed terms for a player signed by the Reds for £6.7million from Birmingham in July 2006.

The 26-year-old was subsequently reported to prefer to stay at Anfield, but Portsmouth confirmed the deal had finally gone through in a Web site statement on Tuesday.

"He's quick and technically very gifted," added Adams. "He can have a go at defenders. I saw him play with Peter Crouch for Liverpool at Fulham last year and he was constantly getting past their left-back and getting crosses in for Crouchie.

"That's a good combination that I wanted to put back together. He's going to put some good crosses in and, I hope, weigh in with a few goals himself."

Pennant hit a hat-trick on his full league debut for Arsenal against Southampton in 2003, but two years later moved on after his career flagged under Arsene Wenger.

Danish international Christian Poulsen was also lined up for a loan move to Fratton Park after Pompey reportedly agreed a deal with Juventus.

However, Poulsen's agent Joern Bonnesen played down the chances of a move, telling Italian reporters: "Christian has no intention to leave Turin."

The 28-year-old moved to Serie A from Sevilla but has played only eight times for Juventus following injury.

Wigan midfielder Wilson Palacios moved a step closer to his proposed £14 million move to Tottenham by having a medical at the Premier League strugglers.

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