Portsmouth's Utaka: Kanu convinced me to reject Newcastle, Man City

John Utaka has revealed how Nwankwo Kanu convinced him to choose Portsmouth ahead of Manchester City and Newcastle United.

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The Nigeria international striker said: "He convinced me to come here.

"Manchester City and Newcastle were interested but when we played for Nigeria against Uganda in June, he told me Portsmouth would be a good team to join. He looks after me.

"I was a fan of Ajax when Kanu was there, back when I never thought I'd even be leaving Nigeria. I followed them when he was in Holland and I can't believe I've ended up playing in the same club team as him. It's a dream come true."

In return, Utaka convinced Kanu to remain at the club and form a formidable strike partnership.

"I told him I'd like him to stay," he said. "Kanu knows the way I play and I know the way he plays, so it makes things easier."

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