Portsmouth made a double swoop for Lens striker Aruna Dindane and Wigan Athletic midfielder Michael Brown.
On a frantic day of transfer activity at Fratton Park, manager Paul Hart began to spend the money given to him by the club's new owner Sulaiman Al Fahim, who completed his takeover of the Barclays Premier League side earlier this week.
Ivory Coast striker Dindane moved to Pompey on a season's loan, with an option for a permanent deal at the end of the current campaign.
Dindane revealed that speaking with his compatriot Didier Drogba, who features for Chelsea, persuaded him to make the switch to English football.
"I'm friends with Didier. I spoke to him on the phone and he said I was making a great choice coming to Pompey." Dindane said.
"They've been interested in me since 2003, so I'm very happy to sign. My integration will be fine because there are a lot of French-speaking players in the dressing room. That's a big help for me."
Brown, 32, arrived for a nominal fee and agreed a two-year contract with an option for a further year.
"Michael's a player who has shown he can perform at this level," Hart said. "He's very combative and someone who I've admired for many years. He'll add plenty of steel to our side."