Paul Cook hopeful of swift Pompey addition

Pompey manager Paul Cook. Picture: Sarah Standing (150875-713)
Pompey manager Paul Cook. Picture: Sarah Standing (150875-713)
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Paul Cook has revealed Pompey are closing ‘quickly’ on their second summer signing.

But the Blues boss has called for supporters’ patience as he attempts to strengthen his squad at pace.

I don’t want to get into commenting on speculation and names going around, I wouldn’t want to raise anyone’s hopes

Paul Cook

Cook’s first full week in charge at Fratton Park saw 10 player exits, among them top-scorer Jed Wallace for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Coming the other way, Kyle Bennett joined as a free agent from Doncaster Rovers.

More recruits are lined up as Cook strives to overhaul the squad he inherited into one capable of challenging for promotion.

Jimmy Ryan is already a confirmed target, while the Blues have also been linked with left-back Enda Stevens and Chesterfield’s contracted midfielder Gary Roberts.

And Cook insists he and staff Leam Richardson and Ian Foster are working hard on bringing more signings to Fratton Park.

He said: ‘We are in every day working hard to sign players.

‘I would like to think we might have one done very quickly. We’ll just have to see how it develops.

‘We might sign two in one day and then no-one for 10 days.

‘That’s how it works in football. Sometimes you have to be patient for things to come off.

‘I can assure the supporters, though, we are doing everything we can and are working as hard as we can to bring new players to this club.

‘I don’t want to get into commenting on speculation and names going around, I wouldn’t want to raise anyone’s hopes.

‘You also don’t want to let agents know. If you get Portsmouth involved in speculation it can backfire on you in all sorts of ways.

‘It has not been a great week, people have lost their jobs and that is the hard side of football, it has been done with a tinge of sadness.

‘But we are continuing to work hard to bring in new signings.’

Wallace was a player Cook definitely didn’t want to lose, yet within 24 hours of taking over, talks between the pair left the situation clear.

The 21-year-old clinched a move to the Championship on Thursday afternoon, signing a three-year deal with Wolves at Molineux.

Wallace’s destination is the club where Cook enjoyed five years as a player, appearing more than 200 times.

And Pompey’s manager believes the youngster will thrive in such surroundings.

Cook added: ‘We wish Jed all the best of luck.

‘We knew he was going. He had given the club almost four years and unfortunately we could not match his ambition.

‘Wolves are a fantastic club who play in the Championship and they will look after him, without a shadow of a doubt.

‘Moving up two divisions will be a culture shock for him walking into that dressing room but I’m sure he’ll do very well.’