Cotterill weighing up next loan move

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill

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Steve Cotterill has spoken of his emergency loan conundrum as Pompey chase reinforcements.

Cotterill has made a left-sided midfielder a priority as he looks to boost his dilapidated squad with temporary additions.

The Blues boss would also like a striker but has been left frustrated with that search so far.

Pompey have been priced out of one move for a player this week and are vying with a rival for another signature.

Cotterill insists getting bodies in at this stage of the campaign is not easy, though, with the emergency loan window closing on Thursday, March 24.

He said: ‘Trying to get in emergency loans when you are on the last leg of your season can be difficult.

‘You want to get a couple of loans but it’s not easy getting them. We’ve been up hill and down dale this week trying.

‘If there’s a wide-left man who we can get and will go straight into the team, I’m quite happy for you to throw me his name.

‘There was one player we could have got in but the contribution to his wages would have been too much money.

‘There was another we are still trying to get but we may be vying with another club which makes it a bit more difficult.

‘This was always going to happen when we didn’t have enough permanent players.’

Cotterill explained there will be consequences if Pompey do make any loan signings.

He said: ‘We have five loans already and if we brought in two there will be two left out.

‘You have to speak to the lads and their clubs. It’s not a nice thing to do.

‘It’s not as easy as just going out and getting a couple of loans in.’

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