Midfielder’s fate set to be sorted

Jonathan Hogg
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Jonathan Hogg is open to a Pompey return.

But the midfielder is waiting to clarify his Aston Villa future before deciding his way forward.

Pompey are keen to see the 22-year-old return to Fratton Park after he impressed Steve Cotterill while on loan this season.

Hogg proved to be a consistent performer, making 19 appearances after arriving at the club in January.

He has two years remaining on his deal at Villa Park but it is understood Hogg has no desire to remain if he is not gaining first-team football there.

Hogg’s agent, Mick McGuire, is to seek talks with the Villa management to see if the player is wanted there.

McGuire insisted the player loved being a part of the set-up at Pompey and had a strong relationship with Cotterill.

Pompey are focusing on seeing Hogg, Greg Halford and Ritchie de Laet return from the loan players who boosted the threadbare squad at the club this term.

McGuire believes there is every chance of a Pompey return if Hogg is not wanted by his parent club.

He said: ‘Jonathan enjoyed it so much at Portsmouth and I know the club were impressed with him as an all-round individual as well as a player.

‘I know he was happy with the way he was treated and his relationship with the players, staff and management.

‘I think he probably fits their mould in terms of the sort of player who would enhance the club.

‘His loan spell at Portsmouth was everything he hoped it would be.

‘He will be considering his future this summer and would never rule out the possibility of returning.’