Cotts happy to playing loan waiting game

No-go: Aston Villa's Chris Herd

No-go: Aston Villa's Chris Herd

Carl Baker scores Pompey's winner against Mansfield Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey are ready to bide their time to land a loan recruit.

Steve Cotterill is prepared to be patient to get the emergency loan man he wants after missing out on his key target this week.

The Blues boss revealed he will have to wait for the versatile player he had lined up – thought to be Aston Villa’s Chris Herd or Stoke’s Ryan Shotton – until the January transfer window, at least.

But there is no panic stations from the 47-year-old to bring in an alternative.

Cotterill wants three roles filled to give him the balance in the squad he feels he needs.

The Pompey manager is looking for a full-back, creative midfielder and clinical finisher.

But he doesn’t see any new faces coming in over the next week.

Cotterill said: ‘There’s been no progress because I haven’t gone looking for it.

‘The one I was trying to get doesn’t grow on trees.

‘You can’t go and find someone else 48 hours later who can live in all those positions.

‘We’re okay at the moment, though.

‘We need those three players – an out-and-out goalscorer, someone who can guarantee you 20-plus goals.

‘We need another central-midfield player and another full-back.

‘It’s not that we’re weak in those places but we could be better.

‘Ideally, that’s what I would like. It’s not an ideal game, though, so we’re doing the best with what we’ve got.

‘What we’ve got is not bad, so we carry on working with it. There won’t be one in by tomorrow and probably not one by next week, either.

‘There is no great urgency for loan signings.’

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