Blues & Wigan In Fight For Portsmouth Striker?
Posted on August 31, 2006
Filed Under Blues News
A couple of sources have stated that Blues and Wigan Athletic are in for Portsmouth striker Svetoslav Todorov.
I’ve read on a couple of different sites that it’s only going to be a loan deal but with Portsmouth signing Andrew Cole from Manchester City, it might turn out that Todorov is surplus to requirements at Fratton Park. Although Todorov has played in all three league games for Portsmouth this season and has bagged himself two goals.
Todorov is 28 years old and a Bulgarian international. He started his career with Litex Lovech where he scored an impressive 30 goals in 56 apperances. In January 2001 West Ham United, managed by Nodding Dog Redknapp, bid £500,000 for the striker and he ended up starting just four league games for the Hammers before Redknapp left and was replaced by Glen Roeder.
In early 2002, Portsmouth bid £750,000 for Todorov and he duly signed for the south coast club. Graham Rix was manager but Redknapp was director of football and clearly had something to do with the deal since Rix was soon relieved of his duties. Todorov was Division One’s (now The Championship) highest scorer during the season with 26 league goals to his name.
Then disaster struck for the player. He was injured in training and was to spend eight months out of the game. On his return, he lasted less than 45 minutes in a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool and was again out for a prolonged period due to injury.
Overall Todorov has a good scoring record of 33 goals in 54 starts and 22 sub appearances for Portsmouth. It will be the goals that he has scored at second-tier level that will of course interest Steve Bruce and any sort of deal before tonight’s transfer deadline would be a welcome one.