Interest ended in midfielder loan deal

Michael Brown's emergency loan move has fallen through

Michael Brown's emergency loan move has fallen through

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Michael Brown’s possible loan move away from Pompey has fallen through.

The Blues midfielder was the subject on an approach to leave on an emergency loan earlier this week.

Brown cannot play for Pompey because one more match for the club would activate a clause in his contract, entitling the 34-year-old to a new deal on wages they cannot afford.

But despite interest from an unnamed Championship club, it appears his wages are the stumbling block after Blues boss Steve Cotterill insists the two clubs cannot reach an agreement.

Cotterill said: ‘There are no developments on that one.

‘It wasn’t financially do-able from our point of view.’

Cotterill has also distanced himself from the growing talk in the dressing room that Pompey are not yet out of the play-off hunt.

Both Ritchie de Laet and David Nugent have voiced their own opinions claiming the Blues can make a late run towards the top six.

But Cotterill feels that talk is premature, considering the club was worried about a relegation battle just three games ago.

He smiled: ‘I think they have got big mouths!

‘The players only mentioned it because the media sucked them in – they wouldn’t have mentioned it otherwise.

‘When I saw it I thought “Oh, here we go. Someone has put words in their mouth”.

‘A week ago we were thinking “What’s happening over our shoulder?”

‘In about three games’ time, if were to have as good a run as we’ve just been on, then I might have to answer the question. At the moment, I don’t think it’s a viable question.

‘So to clear up the lads putting their foot in it, we have got three big games ahead of us. At the end of that, we will be a lot clearer on what is possible.’

Cotterill added: ‘You don’t want to walk around with your head in the clouds. If you do that, someone will chin you and you are sat on your backside again. We don’t want that to happen.

‘We will go into every game trying to win it.

‘We’ve got to get as many points on the board as we can in the next three games and then look at it.

‘We will know a lot more hopefully or we will have done very well and it’s still no clearer and I will blag it again!’

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