Lawrence to join Portsmouth

Lawrence is currently on loan from Premier League side Stoke.

The midfielder was expected to join Pompey on a permanent switch, but they failed to have it registered in time on transfer deadline day.

“Liam will be signing for us in January permanently, I can reassure the fans of that,” Pompey chief executive David Lampitt told The News.

“He’s our player, he’s been first class – and long may that continue.”