Steve Cotterill has lost out on his key emergency loan window target.
The Pompey boss revealed he is back to making ‘zero progress’ on the single recruit he feels he can add to his options.
That’s after the Premier League club of the mystery player - thought to be either Aston Villa’s Chris Herd or Stoke’s Ryan Shotton - said they wanted to keep him until the next transfer window.
Cotterill was speaking at a BBC Radio Solent forum, where he was joined by midfielder Liam Lawrence and chief executive David Lampitt.
Lawrence admitted that he did deserve his red card at West Ham after being sent off for two yellow card tackles.
Cotterill explained that he privately read Lawrence the riot act for his dismissal, despite initially publicly defending him.
Meanwhile, Lampitt explained a ‘legal wrangle’ could be on the cards with Pompey’s previous owners over who owes small creditors their money following the club’s period of administration.
Lampitt insisted it was not the current regime who owe creditors their cash following former owner Balram Chainrai’s promise for small creditors to receive 100 per cent of their money, rather than the 20 per cent agreed in the Company Voluntary Arrangement.
The chief executive also stated it was a ‘priority’ to buy back the land surrounding Fratton Park from former owner Sacha Gaydamak in an effort to ‘unlock significant potential’ in terms of redeveloping Fratton Park.