Barker hoping to keep Pompey star Wallace

Jed Wallace, centre, celebrates with Ryan Taylor, left, and Jake Jervis. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace, centre, celebrates with Ryan Taylor, left, and Jake Jervis. 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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RICHIE BARKER called on Jed Wallace to see out the season at Fratton Park.

But the Blues boss accepted he could well be without his side’s prized asset by the end of the week.

Pompey are bracing themselves for further bids before the close of the transfer window, in the wake of Peterborough’s pursuit of the in-demand midfielder.

The League One high-fliers had an offer, believed to be in the region of £200,000, rejected for the 20-year-old.

Wolves are also keen on Wallace, who limped out of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Morecambe with a hip injury.

The Blues aren’t pushing for the player to depart, however, despite his contract coming to a close this summer.

Also, the Posh bid for Wallace strengthens their hand at any tribunal over training compensation, if he stays put.

Barker would like to see that happen and revealed there is only one offer on the table at present.

He said: ‘Jed’s still here and until a decent bid comes in for him that’s how it will stay.

‘Hopefully we can keep hold of him. But knowing my luck there will be a bid accepted five minutes before the deadline closes.

‘We can’t comment on a tribunal at the end of the season.

‘If you’re asking me do I want him to stay until the end of the season? Absolutely.

‘Obviously, because he’s under the age of 24, we are entitled to get a fee for him in the summer.

‘He’s a big part of my plans for this season but it might not be my choice.

‘I’m hoping he will be about and I’ve not heard of any other bids for him.’

Barker paid tribute to Wallace’s performance at the Globe Arena, as the player found himself centre stage once again.

He explained he never considered taking him out of the starting 11 and was confident his focus remained on the game, despite speculation over his future.

Wallace remains a doubt for tomorrow’s trip to Wycombe, though, after picking up a hip injury.

Barker said: ‘I thought he was fantastic. He’s set up the first goal and played a part in the second goal.

‘It became pretty clear after his knock he was going to struggle. It stiffened up at half-time and he’s done the right thing for the team.

‘He’s someone who’s been in the press and getting attention in terms of a move.

‘The kid wants to play football and he’s an important part of what we want to do.

‘For him he loves football and he wants to play, so I wanted to go and let him play and express himself.

‘For the pressure that gets mounted on him he shakes it off pretty well.

‘He’s impressed me with an attitude beyond his years.

‘Whether he will be fit or not we need to see. He could struggle for Tuesday. The keeper slid into his hip and he’s got a massive bruise.’