Mwaruwari misses transfer deadline

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Pompey however, were able to clinch the signing of Jermain Defoe.

According to the club’s website Defoe moved to the Blues on deadline day in a deal worth over R50-million.

The Premiership authorities are due to look at Benjani’s proposed transfer again today to see if it can be pushed through.

Pompey’s move for Defoe was thought to hinge on Benjani’s switch to Eastlands, but the latter’s collapse has not affected the England striker's arrival at Fratton Park.

After arriving at City just after 23h00, the Warriors skipper and Pompey’s leading goalscorer undertook a medical, only to run out of time to complete the deal before the midnight cut off.

Unconfirmed reports, however, suggested Benjani could have sabotaged his own move to Manchester City given the special bond that exist between the Zimbabwean international and his coach Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp has shown great faith in Benjani throwing him into the fray even though he was not scoring as expected of a striker and the Warriors captain who is the Premiership’s third top goal scorer with 12 goals this season has admitted Fratton Park had become his second home.