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Portsmouth swoop to seal McGurk and Barton deals

Former Northern Ireland Under-21 international Adam McGurk has signed a two-year deal with Portsmouth.

McGurk, who also represented his country at Under-16 and Under-17 level but has yet to gain a senior cap, makes the switch to Fratton Park from Burton Albion.

Midfielder Adam Barton, who featured for the Northern Ireland senior side in a friendly against Morocco in 2010, has also joined Portsmouth following his release by Coventry City.

McGurk hit seven goals in 41 games to help Burton to the League Two title.

The 26-year-old came through Aston Villa's youth system before moving to non-league Hednesford and then Tranmere Rovers.

He joined Burton in August 2013, scoring 19 goals in 83 games during his two years at the club.

"What attracted me was the size of the club and the large crowds that watch the games," said McGurk of his move.

"I've played against Pompey a few times and I've always been struck by how fantastic the fans have been. They stick with their side, even when they're not winning. That's always impressed me and my team-mates.

"I've also played against Paul Cook's Chesterfield sides before. I liked the way they approach the game and also how much they wanted to play for him. I could see how much passion he has and wanted to be a part of that."

Meanwhile, West Brom are being linked with a £1million bid for MK Dons and Northern Ireland midfielder Ben Reeves.

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