Pompey ‘relaxed’ over Hollands and Davies

Pompey full-back Ben Davies Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey full-back Ben Davies Picture: Joe Pepler
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POMPEY are refusing to be rushed into concluding contract talks with Ben Davies.

And chief executive Mark Catlin said the Blues are happy to wait until the players return for pre-season training to continue discussions with Danny Hollands.

Danny Hollands Picture: Joe Pepler

Danny Hollands Picture: Joe Pepler

Catlin explained the club are taking a ‘relaxed’ stance on negotiations with the pair, who are both out of contract.

The News understands a number of clubs have shown an interest in Davies, who became a big fans’ favourite after arriving from Sheffield United last summer.

However, the full-back has made it clear he is desperate to remain at Fratton Park after an impressive campaign for Paul Cook’s side.

The 35-year-old’s success was seen after he collected a host of player-of-the-year plaudits from fan groups at the end of last season.

It’s a similar story for Hollands, too, whose deal is up after arriving from Charlton in 2014.

The midfielder lives in Fontwell, where he is settled with his wife and family.

And the 30-year-old’s 2015-16 campaign saw him become a central figure in Cook’s plans after starting the season out of the picture.

Only a fractured fibula slowed his progress, with two long unbroken runs of games coming either side of the injury.

Now the wait continues to see what will take place next, with both players’ futures still in the balance.

Catlin explained dialogue is continuing with the duo.

He is not putting a time span on how long that will continue for, however.

‘Talks are ongoing. We’re remaining in constant contact with both Ben and Danny,’ said Catlin.

‘We have to see what happens now over the coming weeks.

‘It’s just a case of seeing what materialises with them.

‘Neither party are putting a definitive timescale on things.

‘We’re not putting a deadline on when it should be that we conclude talks.

‘The players don’t come back for pre-season for almost another month. If it goes on and has to wait until then, so be it.

‘There’s a relaxed stance on the situation from all parties.’

Pompey currently have youngster Calvin Davies as their only right-back option for next season, after he was handed a senior deal.

Cook is keen on Sheffield United’s Kieron Freeman, who has been transfer listed at Bramall Lane.

The 24-year-old has a year remaining of his existing deal with the Blades, with negotiations taking place over a pay-off.

Cook has recruited Matt Clarke from Ipswich as part of the deal which saw Adam Webster depart for Portman Road.

Striker Lee Novak is a major target of Cook’s, but wage demands could slow that move.

The manager also wants Chesterfield’s Jay O’Shea.