Blues boss ‘hopeful’ of Lampitt signings

112523-497_POMPEY_CHELSEA_SR_16/7/11'Pre-Season friendly between Pompey and Chelsea at Fratton Park.'David Lampitt with Roman Dubov and Vladimir Antonov.''Picture:Steve Reid 112523-497
112523-497_POMPEY_CHELSEA_SR_16/7/11'Pre-Season friendly between Pompey and Chelsea at Fratton Park.'David Lampitt with Roman Dubov and Vladimir Antonov.''Picture:Steve Reid 112523-497
Pompey and Fulham drew 3-3. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Steve Cotterill is ‘hopeful’ David Lampitt can bring in more Pompey signings before the week is out.

The Blues’ chief executive is currently hard at work closing in on Cotterill’s wish list.

It has proven to be a frustrating period for all concerned as the wait for new additions goes on.

As it stands, Greg Halford was Pompey’s last permanent recruit – 36 days ago.

Since then they have been thwarted in their pursuit of a number of targets, including Peter Whittingham, Ian Evatt and Martin Paterson.

That has left Cotterill with a squad of just 16 for this season.

Regardless, the push continues as the August 31 transfer window deadline looms ever nearer.

Lampitt’s priority remains to strengthen his manager’s squad.

And Cotterill is keeping his fingers crossed something can happen ahead of Saturday’s visit of Brighton.

He said: ‘At the minute, I am probably hopeful of bringing in more players by the end of the week.

‘That is with David.

‘We need to add new faces for sure.

‘I can only reiterate, I started doing it on May 9, which was the day after Scunthorpe.

‘So it’s something I have been on for probably every day for the last couple of months.

‘Obviously things change from time to time, maybe a bid or two gets turned down and we have to deviate somewhere else.’

The Blues have brought in five new faces this summer.

They are Halford, Luke Varney, David Norris, Stephen Henderson and Jason Pearce.

Christian Dailly also signed a short-team deal last weekend.

But Cotterill has been able to name just three players on his bench for the opening two matches of the campaign.