Pompey weighing up Paynter move

Billy Paynter spent part of this season on loan at Brighton
Billy Paynter spent part of this season on loan at Brighton

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Pompey are eyeing up a move for Leeds striker Billy Paynter.

The former Swindon man was put on the transfer list earlier this month.

Despite a year remaining on Paynter’s contract, Leeds boss Neil Warnock is believed to be open to letting him leave for nothing in a bid to remove him from the Elland Road wage bill.

The situation has alerted the Blues, with Michael Appleton seeking to rebuild his squad.

Pompey’s manager is eager to recruit 18 new players this summer. And with his proven scoring pedigree in League One, Paynter fits the bill.

The 27-year-old joined Leeds in June 2010 after a prolific spell at Swindon, where he scored 51 goals in 137 matches.

Yet his time in west Yorkshire has proven to be a tremendous disappointment, dogged by injury and poor form as he failed to recapture his best.

Paynter scored twice against Peterborough in the penultimate game of Leeds’ season. That took his career tally for the club to three goals in 28 matches.

He also endured an unproductive loan spell at Brighton midway through the campaign, failing to net in 10 games with the Seagulls.

Regardless, the striker has impressive scoring records at both Swindon and Port Vale in the lower divisions.

Appleton may believe he can provide the stage for Paynter to flourish again.

Izale McLeod is another striker who has been linked with Pompey.

The 27-year-old scored 22 goals for Barnet in League Two this season.

Yet he is now a free agent after his contract expired and has elected to leave the club for a fresh challenge.

Earlier in his career, McLeod netted 60 times in 135 matches at MK Dons, earning him a £1.1m move to Charlton.