Marko no-go for Pompey

Carl Baker. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Fans’ hopes of a return to Pompey for Marko Futacs have been dashed.

Caretaker boss Guy Whittingham has poured cold water on talk of a return to Fratton Park for the Hungarian powerhouse.

And he has distanced the Blues from talk of a move for Aldershot striker Danny Hylton.

Hylton scored a hat-trick before he was sent off in the Shots’ 3-1 FA Cup triumph over Rotherham on Saturday.

But Whittingham said he was not on the Blues’ radar.

Suggestions of a loan return for Futacs are unlikely to come to fruition with Pompey unable to cover the wages the 22-year-old would command.

The 6ft 5in striker scored five goals while at Pompey but has found starts at current club Leicester hard to come by.

Whittingham said: ‘That’s the first time I have heard that lad’s name (Danny Hylton).

‘Marko’s name keeps coming up but he’s involved at Leicester and is a Leicester player.

‘I can’t see anything happening with that one.’

Whittingham and Andy Awford face a testing time over the coming days.

A clutch of players’ deals will come to a close on January 15.

Scott Allan has left the club – his loan came to an end after the Walsall game.

But one player who wants to stay put is striker Paul Benson.

The 33-year-old has turned down the offer of a move to Bradford, despite the uncertainty that remains at Fratton Park.

Whittingham said: ‘All along Paul has loved it down here.

‘That’s the thing with a lot of players who come here.

‘They like playing here because of the support we have.

‘He’s one of those who wants to be here.’

– JORDAN CROSS