Pompey have completed the signing of forward Paddy Lane from Fleetwood for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old Northern Ireland international has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal at Fratton Park.
Blues boss John Mousinho said: “We’re delighted to bring Paddy to the club. He’s a fantastic young player who can not only impact the squad now, but also has huge potential.
“As soon as he came on our radar, we were extremely excited about the prospect of working with him here.
“One of the most important things for us was that he was really keen on coming to Pompey and we got some excellent references.
“Paddy has a lot of guile and can beat players, while he has a wand of a left foot that our fans will love to see.
"He’s a fantastic young player who can not only impact the squad now, but also has huge potential."
“But they’ve already seen that to their detriment when he scored for Fleetwood at Fratton Park last season!
“Paddy’s a really clever player with excellent ability and we believe he has a bright future ahead of him.”
Lane progressed through the ranks at Hyde after arriving from Blackburn as a teenager and his appearances in the non-league game attracted the interest of Fleetwood.
He signed for the Cod Army in the summer of 2021 and netted at Cambridge in just his third outing for the club.
At the end of the season, Lane was named League One’s Young Player of the Season at the EFL Awards, while also being voted as the top performer by his own club’s supporters.
He received his maiden call-up to the Northern Ireland senior squad last March, winning his first cap against Hungary.