Lampitt: Pompey still have unfinished business

David Lampitt
David Lampitt
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David Lampitt assessed Pompey’s deadline day inactivity and insisted: We still want to strengthen the squad.

Despite rumours of a bid to secure a season-long loan for a mystery Premier League defender, Pompey were not part of the usual mayhem as the transfer window passed at 11pm last night.

This year’s events were in stark contrast to 12 months ago when virtually the entire Blues squad was up for sale as the club sought to slash costs.

And while the Blues chief executive is still hopeful of returning to the transfer target when the emergency loan window opens, he believes Pompey have made important progress this summer.

Lampitt said: ‘It was very different to deadline day last year.

‘I know that none of us wanted to go through that again.

‘We can be reasonably content with where we’ve got to and we will look to use the loan market in the right way to give us a bit more strength in certain areas and at times when we might need a boost.

‘That’s a far better position for us to be in than we were last year and continues the steady rebuilding process.

‘In terms of the quality we’ve brought in and the players that we’ve got, in my view, it’s way stronger than we had at the start of last season.

‘The other critical thing is that they are all permanent signings – we had several loans last year.

‘We’ve got a bit of youth, we’ve got some experience and we’ve got some good players for the long-term.

‘At the end of the transfer window, I think we can look back and think “we’ve done all right”.’

Boss Steve Cotterill was keen to add at least one more player to the ranks with a central midfielder and a full-back on his shopping list.

Aston Villa’s Chris Herd and Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand had been heavily linked.

But any deal hinged on them being freed up by their parent clubs ahead of the naming of their 25-man Premier League squads next week.

Lampitt said: ‘With loans, it’s up to the other club to decide whether to let a player go out or not and we have to be a bit patient.

‘Things could still shift over the next month or so when the loan window re-opens.’

While Pompey have not spent enormous sums of money since the CSI takeover, there has been sensible investment on the playing side by the new owners.

The club have made 10 signings and have not been forced to sell anyone they wanted to keep.

Lampitt said: ‘We have had some interest for some of our players but we haven’t wanted to act upon that.

‘The owners have committed significant funds to transfers this summer.

‘They have been true to their word and have invested in many areas of the club – and not just the playing squad. I think everyone is grateful for that.’