Awford: No more arrivals imminent

Matt Tubbs made his home debut at Fratton Park on Saturday. Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Tubbs made his home debut at Fratton Park on Saturday. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey boss Andy Awford has claimed there are presently no new arrivals in the pipeline.

The transfer window has now passed the half-way point with Matt Tubbs and Paul McCallum so far being recruited.

Awford has also been striving to reduce his squad’s size, with previously bulging numbers.

Regardless, he insists there remains money in his budget to bring fresh faces into Fratton Park if required.

However, following the Blues’ encouraging 1-1 draw with Burton Albion on Saturday, Pompey’s manager is not expecting any moves in the near future.

He said: ‘At the moment there is nothing in the pipeline.

‘As I always say, if Wayne Rooney became available obviously I would be interested, you can never say never.

‘If the right player came along for the right finances then we would look at that, it whatever position.

‘At present, though, there is nothing close.’

The News understands the Blues had enquired about taking Alfie Potter on loan from Oxford.

However, nothing materialised as the U’s opted to end his contract and he instead joined fellow League Two side AFC Wimbledon permanently.

Awford remains hopeful of continuing to move players out of Fratton Park, following David Connolly’s exit on Thursday.

Patrick Agyemang has attracted initial interest and the club is waiting for concrete follow-ups, while a number of others are available for loan.

Ricky Holmes and Danny East are already out on loan for an initial month, although for differing reasons as Awford revamps his playing squad.