Algerian international midfielder Lazhar Hadj Aissa has told Le Buteur that Portsmouth would like to keep him, but must solve some administrative issues before being able to do so.
The player has been training
with the Premier League outfit for the last few weeks. However, he did not
secure a contract prior to the passing of the trade deadline.
“Contrary to what a lot of people have been saying, I’m still
training with Portsmouth and the club officials have told me that they are
pretty satisfied with the tests I went through. The first step has been taken
successfully. Now I hope my administrative situation can be solved,” he
“It’s true that the transfer deadline passed but there’s
still a chance I could become part of the team through other routes. The
Portsmouth officials are in constant contact with my agent to try to find a
solution that will let me sign after the deadline.”
Meanwhile, the “Arab Baggio” also indicated that even if he
doesn’t sign with Portsmouth in the coming days, he could return to his
Algerian side, ES Setif, on loan until the winter transfer window, and then make
his move to the Premiership.