Appy close to landing diamond in rough

Pompey boss Michael Appleton. Picture: Robin Jones
Pompey boss Michael Appleton. Picture: Robin Jones
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Michael Appleton admitted his new recruit will be a ‘rough diamond’.

Pompey are close to landing the attacking player who will fill the void in Appleton’s squad created by Liam Lawrence’s departure.

Appleton has his sights on two or three names, with one of those options expected to come to fruition by the start of next week.

The Blues boss made it clear West Brom hitman Simon Cox would not be arriving.

He explained it would have to be a player who did not command any sort of significant wages given his club’s plight.

So that means it is likely to be a young and unproven talent.

Appleton said: ‘Coxie’s a fantastic player but I’d be very surprised if that happened.

‘He’d cause havoc but I don’t think we’ll have the luxury of going for him.

‘Goalscorers are hard to find and if they aren’t hard to find, they are very expensive.

‘We aren’t in the market to bring in expensive players.

‘We are looking for a rough diamond and to see what he can do for us for a short period.

‘We want players who are going to fit into the squad we’ve got.

‘We know two or three players.

‘They have to be the right quality. It will be an attacking youngster.’

Brighton boss Gus Poyet lit the touchpaper ahead of tomorrow’s clash by suggesting teams like Pompey, who go into administration, should be relegated.

Appleton believes Poyet is in a comfortable position to deliver that assessment.

He said: ‘If that’s his opinion let him have his opinion.

‘Gus is entitled to it. It’s easy saying it when you are eighth, have a fantastic squad, fantastic stadium and fantastic opportunities.

‘If he was sat in my position he might have a different opinion.’