Contract problems won't affect January trading

Brett Pitman celebrates his winner against Blackpool. Picture: Joe Pepler

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David Lampitt has shrugged off suggestions Pompey's January transfer window activity will be affected by the ongoing contract wrangle with two of their existing players.

Both Richard Hughes and Michael Brown could find themselves unable to play over the coming weeks as the club bids to avoid triggering a new contract at a salary they cannot afford.

But Lampitt has reassured fans these negotiations will not have a significant impact on the club's hopes for the transfer window.

Lampitt said: 'As I've said before, we will not advertise what we're going to do.

'I don't think it helps anyone – least of all the club.

'It doesn't help the negotiating position.

'But we've prepared for various outcomes and we know what we have to work with.

'If we can make a few adjustments that represent good value for the club then we will do it.

'We had a couple of loan targets that didn't quite come off and we may still yet get the ones we were after.'

Nobody is expecting a major influx of players in January to bolster Steve Cotterill's squad, considering the financial restrictions that are in place.

But with some shrewd acquisitions in the right areas, Pompey could yet make a genuine bid for the play-offs.

Lampitt said: 'We haven't got a massive squad and we have obviously planned for the transfer window.

'Of course it would have been preferable to have been able to bring in a loan signing before the loan deadline but then again it would have been preferable to not be under an embargo in the summer and been able to have a bigger squad in the first place.

'We have to play the cards we have been dealt.'