Pompey ready to play transfer waiting game

Leam Richardson Picture: Chris Vaughan
Leam Richardson Picture: Chris Vaughan
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LEAM RICHARDSON has promised more Pompey signings but admitted patience will be needed in the club’s pursuit of preferred transfer targets.

The Blues assistant manager has been heavily involved in negotiations for several players as boss Paul Cook looks to bring in new talent to fire next season’s League Two campaign.

There are a number of players we would like to speak to and work with again

Leam Richardson

Only Kyle Bennett and Kal Naismith have been recruited to the ranks so far but others are in the pipeline, with Cook turning his sights on his former club.

Chesterfield duo Gary Roberts and Jimmy Ryan remain two of his prime targets.

And although Richardson declined to go into details on either proposed deal, he insists it is not always a straightforward process.

According to the Spireites, attacking midfielder Roberts was the subject of a bid from Pompey, which was rejected last week.

Ryan, however, is a free agent.

Richardson said: ‘There are a number of players we would like to speak to and work with again.

‘Jimmy is out of contract but I’m sure he would have a lot of offers and Gary is under contract at Chesterfield.

‘I’ve seen something saying we had an offer turned down for Gary but I don’t think it was as clear as that.

‘There will be a lot of names bandied around, especially for a good club like Portsmouth.

‘We’ve been lucky enough to do well over the past couple of years and some of those players who played for us will be linked with moves to Portsmouth.

‘Sometimes you’ve got to be patient and you’ve got to be able to bide your time to get the players you want.

‘We’ve got two players in so far and there will definitely be others.

‘It’s just a matter of when and you never really know when things may happen.’

Although it is a frustrating time for supporters as they await news of the next arrival, Richardson knows the landscape will change over the course of the summer.

As pre-season approaches, players that were previously reluctant to accept a lower contract may reconsider that decision or be left without a club.

‘I suppose it is a bit like a poker game sometimes,’ said Richardson.

‘It’s been exactly as you would expect at this time of year to be honest.

‘The market in May is very different to the one in July.

‘It’s an ongoing process.

‘There are a lot of good players out there and we expect to be able to field a competitive team in League Two for next season.’

Richardson, meanwhile, is keen to get stuck into his job after following Cook from Chesterfield.

He added: ‘It’s a very big job but it’s exciting.

‘A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to build the club, including the people who have gone before us to get this club to where we want it to be.’