Hopes fade over Nugent deal

Steve Cotterill fears David Nugent's scoring form could push him closer to a Fratton exit
Steve Cotterill fears David Nugent's scoring form could push him closer to a Fratton exit
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey hit transfer impasse

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Steve Cotterill has voiced his fears that David Nugent’s impressive form is pushing him closer to the Fratton Park exit.

The 25-year-old struck his 11th goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Ipswich and is expected to start tonight’s home clash with Scunthorpe.

Nugent, who joined for £6m from Preston in 2007, is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

And the Blues boss is becoming increasingly concerned that he could lose the forward at the end of the season.

Cotterill admitted he was unsure if there was interest from Premier League clubs but revealed there had been no response from the player’s agent after the club recently made a new contract offer.

Cotterill said: ‘I have no idea (on the contract latest). We are not privy to what his agent is doing.

‘He’s just not negotitating with us at this moment in time.

‘I think there has been an offer made but there hasn’t been anything coming back the other way. So he is obviously sitting and waiting until the end of the season.

‘The better Nuge plays, the more press he gets and the more goals he scores. I don’t know – does that take him away from Portsmouth?’

Cotterill has revitalised Nugent this season after the striker found himself surplus to requirements by previous Pompey managers.

Cotterill said: ‘It would just be a shame with the hard work that’s been put into Nuge that it all gets wasted and he goes somewhere else.

‘That would be my personal feelings about it anyway.

‘The grass is not always greener on the other side.’