Pompey boss forced into loan rethink

Rumoured target: Aston Villa's Chris Herd
Rumoured target: Aston Villa's Chris Herd
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Steve Cotterill is today rethinking his emergency window strategy after missing out on his key loan target.

Cotterill has been told that the mystery man who was in his sights – thought to be Aston Villa’s Chris Herd or Stoke’s Ryan Shotton – is staying with his Premier League club until January.

That’s means he has now made ‘zero progress’ on getting his recruit after admitting the club’s budget will allow him to land just one loan player.

Cotterill believes he needs a full-back, creative midfielder and predatory striker.

It’s back to the drawing board on that front as the Blues boss tries to fill those gaps in his squad.

Cotterill, speaking at a BBC Radio Solent forum, said: ‘We’ve made zero progress now (on a signing).

‘There is one I wanted because we can afford only one more. That would be a loan. The one I wanted could play right-back, centre-back, centre-midfield, right-wing and up front.

‘I don’t think he will regurgitate now until the transfer window.

‘The Premier League club are going to keep him – which is a disappointment.

‘If I was them I’d keep him there, too.

‘I didn’t know about that one until Monday night.

‘They are going to keep him there.

‘Now we are going to have to look at things again.

‘What you have to bear in mind is we have a budget to work to.

‘If you have a budget for a Mercedes, you don’t shop in Rolls Royce.

‘We are trying to shop where we can shop because that’s what has to happen.

‘We have one cake and we’re trying to get what we can out of that cake.’