Pompey poised as Tubbs future to become clearer

Pompey target Matt Tubbs. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey target Matt Tubbs. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Matt Tubbs’ future will become clearer after tonight’s FA Cup clash with Liverpool.

And Pompey remain at the head of a queue of clubs seeking to sign him.

The in-demand striker is set to be in the AFC Wimbledon side hosting Brendan Rodgers’ side.

It will mark the end of his loan spell, although Wimbledon are keen to retain the 15-goal forward.

Non-league Bristol Rovers have also prepared an attractive financial package to tempt him, with boss Darrell Clarke friends with Tubbs from their Salisbury days together.

As for parent club Bournemouth, they are prepared to cancel the 30-year-old’s contract this month, allowing him to join a new club permanently.

By doing so, Tubbs can win a minimum 18-month deal now rather than become a free agent next summer.

That would appeal to Pompey, who are desperate to add the former Crawley striker to their ranks during Andy Awford’s January revamp.

The Blues boss had previously turned down the chance to sign him last summer, but is now determined to resurrect the opportunity.

His side has long been short of fire-power during a stuttering season, while supporters would clearly welcome a player of his goal-scoring calibre arriving so early in the transfer window.

And Blues fans will be keeping their fingers crossed he will not pick up injury in tonight’s Liverpool match.

Meanwhile, Patrick Agyemang is expected to return to Fratton Park following the end of his Dagenham & Redbridge loan spell.

The veteran striker failed to make the match-day 18 for the Daggers’ 1-0 home victory over Bury on Saturday.

It was the second successive time Agyemang has been left out of Wayne Burnett’s squad, where he has been on loan at since the end of November.

– NEIL ALLEN

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