Academy chance for non-league striker

Andy Awford will run the rule over 17-year-old striker Dan Thompson Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford will run the rule over 17-year-old striker Dan Thompson Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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Pompey are running the rule over young non-league striker Dan Thompson.

The 17-year-old Hampton & Richmond striker is training with Andy Awford’s Academy squad this week with a view to a possible deal to join the youth ranks.

Reports have linked Thompson with a host of Premier League clubs but he has been invited in for a short spell at Pompey’s Eastleigh training base after being tracked by the Blues in recent weeks.

He became the Blue Square Bet South outfit’s youngest-ever goalscorer after netting against Woking in February this year and has caught the eye with some of his displays.

Pompey have already recruited one talented non-league youngster earlier this season after securing Jed Wallace from Lewes.

But the strong and pacy striker will also now get the opportunity to join Pompey’s Academy ranks if he impresses and is expected to feature in a forthcoming behind-closed-doors game.