Blues boss keeping quiet on transfer ‘bid’

Greg Halford heads in Pompey's second in their match against a Charleston Battery XI  Picture: Joe Pepler/Portsmouth FC
Greg Halford heads in Pompey's second in their match against a Charleston Battery XI Picture: Joe Pepler/Portsmouth FC
Dion Donohue is sent off at Doncaster. Picture: Paul Currie

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Steve Cotterill has refused to be drawn on reports of Pompey’s fresh bid for Burnley striker Martin Paterson.

The Blues boss saw his troops hit back from two goals down for a 2-2 draw in the behind-closed-doors clash with a Charleston Battery XI in South Carolina in the early hours of this morning.

When asked about the reported £2m bid for Paterson, Cotterill said: ‘I’ve said before that I don’t and won’t comment on players at other clubs until such time as they become our players.

‘I think it’s disrespectful to other clubs so I won’t be doing that.’

Cotterill also refused to comment on reports that Derby defender Dean Leacock is another potential transfer target.

But the Pompey manager was pleased with his side’s efforts in stifling heat in the latest step on their road to fitness for the new campaign.

Cotterill said: ‘We got exactly what we wanted out of the game. Their lads are used to the heat and it’s quite hard for our lads to get into it, but they did in the second half.

‘They had a good work out and I was pleased to see us get a couple of goals. The result is irrelevant.’

The Pompey boss was also happy to see Liam Lawrence come safely through the opening 45 minutes on his road to recovery from a recent calf problem.

Cotterill said: ‘It was a good run-out for Liam. He’s on an upward curve now.’

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