Steve Cotterill vowed to continue his cloak-and-dagger transfer activity and revealed: My backroom staff don’t even know my targets.
The Pompey boss secured Aston Villa midfielder Jonathan Hogg on loan before the midweek defeat to Burnley and he is still hopeful of adding to his squad numbers before Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline.
But while the pursuit of Ipswich midfielder David Norris has leaked out from the other club’s end – much to Cotterill’s annoyance – he is determined to keep everything else under wraps.
Cotterill said: ‘I don’t talk about transfer targets and other players.
‘I wouldn’t let anyone know.
‘Sometimes even my staff don’t know as much as I can keep it quiet.
‘It’s a little bit unfair on them but I make up my own opinion on who we will be bringing in.
‘I try to keep that as tight as I can.
‘Sometimes people get to know because they have to know but I have always been pretty much like that as much as I can be.’
Cotterill has defended his secretive policy, claiming it gives Pompey the best chance of striking the right deal.
He said: ‘If other people wish to open that up that is their prerogative.
‘I wouldn’t do that for the simple reason I wouldn’t want anyone to know that I might be in for them and then we might get them for the price we are looking at.’
Cotterill has not been handed a significant transfer kitty and admits his sights are on the lower end of the market.
He said: ‘We are bargain shopping and if we pull them off then they are a bargain.
‘If we don’t, we just ain’t shopping.’