Pompey eye swoop for Matt Tubbs

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Pompey are considering a January swoop for Matt Tubbs.

The prolific striker is one of a number of names on Andy Awford’s list as he seeks to revamp his side.

Matt Tubbs has impressed for Wimbledon on loan

Matt Tubbs has impressed for Wimbledon on loan

Tubbs has spent the first half of the campaign on loan at AFC Wimbledon, netting 13 times in 27 games.

He is expected to be in their team visiting Fratton Park on Boxing Day, yet in January his season-long loan will be reassessed – and clubs such as Pompey are monitoring the situation.

There was previous interest from the Blues in the Bournemouth man during the summer, only for him to make the loan switch to the Wombles.

Now Awford is to revisit that option next month.

He said: ‘I’ve seen him play a lot because he’s been on the south coast, he’s been at Salisbury and at Bournemouth.

‘He is one we considered in the summer and one in the mix but it didn’t quite work out for whatever reason and he went to Wimbledon.

‘Matt has done really well there, scored lots of goals and is available in January – and one we would definitely consider.

‘But you don’t always get what you want in football.

‘We are looking at all players, he is one of a number we are considering because he is available.

‘I am sure Wimbledon are considering him and I’m sure plenty of other clubs are considering him as there are lots of players coming up available.

‘We will get the next two games out of the way and he is one of a number of players we will consider.

‘However, unless some go it won’t be able to happen anyway.’

Awford realises he must reduce his 32-man squad before strengthening when the January transfer window reopens.

Up front he is particularly short of options with Ryan Taylor, Craig Westcarr, Miles Storey and Conor Chaplin the players competing.

In addition, David Connolly has been out-of-favour since the summer, while Patrick Agyemang is presently on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley this week revealed ‘four or five clubs’ were interested in Tubbs, who is a free agent in the summer.

Pompey’s League Two rivals are also desperate to retain the services of the striker but face a fight.

In the meantime, Awford is impressed at what Tubbs can offer.

He added: ‘Matt has also played wide for Wimbledon in a 4-3-3 with Adebayo Akinfenwa down the middle and Sean Rigg on the left.

‘It is where Jed (Wallace)played for us Saturday – and he has scored 11 goals for us.

‘If you ask Matt I would think his position would be off a big man in a 4-4-2, that is where he has generally played off Akinfenwa, but they have changed it slightly so he has played in a different role.’

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