Midfielder set to seal stay

Toumani Diagouraga. Picture: Joe Pepler
Toumani Diagouraga. Picture: Joe Pepler

POMPEY are set to extend Toumani Diagouraga’s loan stay until the end of the season.

And the French midfielder has stated his commitment to the Blues cause after he was handed the captain’s armband at Fleetwood.

Diagouraga couldn’t stop Richie Barker’s men falling to a 3-1 defeat at Highbury on Saturday.

The clash represented the last game of his outstanding agreement after joining from Brentford.

Diagouraga has impressed in six appearances since arriving from the League One promotion chasers.

Now, after talk he was about to return to west London, the 26-year-old is set to ink a deal for the final nine games of the campaign.

Diagouraga said: ‘There’s been very positive talks so it should be sorted in the next couple of days.

‘I’m happy to stay and it looks like Brentford are happy for me to stay as well.

‘At first I was going back then not. I just want to play football at the end of the day.

‘If Portsmouth want me to play football here the best place to be is here.’

Diagouraga spoke of his pride at being given the skipper’s role in the absence of Ben Chorley.

But he admitted he was surprised the call arrived from Barker.

Diagouraga said: ‘I’ve never been captain before.

‘I was a bit shocked when I was asked but you don’t turn down the chance to be captain at a club like Portsmouth.

‘It’s not something which comes along very often so I’m proud of that.

‘It was good to have the armband but we need 11 leaders out there.

‘I don’t talk too much but I try to lead by example on the pitch.’