Portsmouth have signed defender Brian Priske from Belgian side Genk.

The Danish international has signed a three-year deal and may play against Aston Villa on Tuesday – provided he receives international clearance.

Chief executive Peter Storrie told Pompey’s website: “Brian is a versatile defender, who is a right-back for his country and centre-back for his club.

“I think he showed people his capabilities in the win over England.”

Manager Alain Perrin is looking to make further signings before the transfer window closes on August 31.

Perrin is also interested in Chelsea’s England Under-21 striker Carlton Cole.

“We have to be stronger in each part of the pitch and get people on the end of Laurent Robert’s work,” Perrin explained.

“That is why Carlton Cole is one we are looking at. Cole is well down the pecking order after returning to Chelsea and may welcome a move.

“But he will demand high wages to match his Stamford Bridge terms and the pay-scale he was on at Villa.

“It is not only players on loan from abroad we are interested in but, of course, all deals depend on the price.

“We know there will be a late scramble to sign players just before the transfer break but we have a lot of people in mind and will make our choices at the right time.”