BLUES boss Steve Cotterill has written off landing a Chelsea loan star.
The Pompey boss doesn’t expect to see a temporary addition arrive from Stamford Bridge.
Cotterill was hopeful of forging a link with the west Londoners to bring in a loan, after facing them in pre-season.
That man was widely believed to be left-sided player Patrick Van Aanholt, with Ryan Bertrand a possible option.
Cotterill confirmed there had been contact with Ipswich over Grant Leadbitter, after Tractor Boys boss Paul Jewell revealed they had turned down a bid from Pompey.
And he was staying coy over a swoop for Norwegian Erik Huseklepp.
Sources in the midlands have today also suggested Pompey are keen on Leicester striker Steve Howard.
Cotterill said: ‘I don’t think we can get the player I would have liked to get in on loan from Chelsea.
‘As far as I know, our chief executive has spoken to one of the Ipswich guys (about Leadbitter).
‘It’s not come out publicly from us. Maybe they want it to come out publicly.
‘It’s not something I’d discuss in public. He’s not our player.
‘Is Huseklepp a player we’re interested in? Maybe. Maybe not.’
Cotterill hinted he is going to have to juggle his transfer kitty to land at least three players before the end of the month.
He said: ‘We’ve spent a little bit of money.
‘We’re already looking at a player who is going to cost a few bob in his mid-20s with a good pedigree.
‘We can’t have it all. The owners have been very good with what they’ve done so far.’