The name game is well and truly under way at Pompey – and there’s been some corkers already.
Diomansy Kamara is apparently in Steve Cotterill’s sights and he is going to be joined up top by his returning ex-Blues team-mate Yakubu.
Don’t worry about the £70,000-a-week the pair would demand between them, they’re coming down the Park if the rumour mill is to believed.
They could well be ably supported by another Pompey comeback, with Lomana Lualua set for a rapturous homecoming, while Jimmy Bullard was ‘spotted’ in Fratton on Saturday. Again his £45,000-a-week wages apparently aren’t a problem.
Then there’s my favourite so far after the Premier League’s released list last week threw up a cracker.
Patrick Vieira, we are told, is the man to do a job for Cotterill’s men next season after he was shown the door by Manchester City.
Forget the megabucks cash that he expects, his age, injury problems or the fact he is on the brink of retirement. The message to Cotts is clear: Get him down the Park.
Throwing names around at this time of year is all part of the fun of the closed season, and the fact we can now talk about signing players is a cause for celebration in itself.
But one or two people might just be getting a little carried away here.
Convers Sports Initiatives’ arrival at the start of the month has seen them preach the mantra of ‘continuity and stability’.
How we all celebrated such a sensible notion after the financial nightmares of the past, even if we are still waiting for some flesh on the bones of the early rhetoric from the owners.
But it’s taken three weeks for some to forget all that and drift away into transfer target dreamland.
A look at the names we know Cotterill has definitely been in for since being given the green light to go to work, perhaps tells us more about where fans’ sights should be aligned.
David Norris’ arrival has been sealed after the Pompey boss’s long courtship of the Ipswich captain reaped dividends.
Cotterill also spoke to Barnsley skipper Jason Shackell in the hope of tempting the Tykes’ player of the season to move south.
Derby were always in pole position for the defender however, and have won that battle.
And the latest name in the frame is young Bournemouth talent Jason Pearce, with the Cherries confirming there has been a bid from Pompey.
That could see a return to the club he was schooled at as a trainee.
The DNA of the men Cotterill is looking at is evident. He is trying to add well-seasoned Championship footballers and leaders.
He wants men who know all about the rugged terrain of England’s second tier, and is then perhaps looking to supplement that with a couple of promising domestic talents.
Cotts’ case history in the transfer market shows he will not deviate too far from that tried and trusted formula.
He won’t need to break the bank, either to do that. Just as well, too, because any right-minded Pompey fan doesn’t want to see that, silly season or not.