Quiet deadline day predicted for Pompey

Pompey and Fulham drew 3-3. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss disappointed not to get victory

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Leam Richardson does not expect Pompey to be involved in any transfer deadline day deals.

The summer window for permanent deals closes at 6pm today with several Premier League clubs attempting to get signings rushed through in time.

Leam Richardson. Picture: Joe Pepler

Leam Richardson. Picture: Joe Pepler

In stark contrast to years gone by when Pompey have been involved in frenzied activity hours before the deadline, it’s a different story these days.

And the Blues assistant boss predicts a calm few hours before the club’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy trip to Exeter City – especially as the emergency loan window opens just a week after the deadline for clubs outside the Premier League.

Richardson said: ‘I wouldn’t have thought there would be anything happening in terms of bringing anyone in.

‘The loan window opens a week after anyway.

‘Down in the lower leagues, we’re not going to go out and spend £38m or some of those figures bandied about.

‘I heard a couple of top managers speaking about it the other week wondering why the transfer deadline doesn’t happen before the season starts to give everybody a break.

‘But that’s the football industry.

‘It’s TV, social media and good watching.

‘For the likes of ourselves, it’s an ongoing pursuit.

‘We are out at games all week, we’ve got an ongoing process and we want to recruit well.’

Richardson also thinks it’s unlikely any players will depart.

He said: ‘The manager will speak to other managers and we’ve got good players, so there might have been conversations.

‘But I wouldn’t have thought there would be any going out.

‘We are still looking to bring players in and improve the squad.

‘The manager is happy with the group and it’s a struggle to keep everyone happy on the pitch.

‘So we need to concentrate on the group we have. We just want good players and at the minute it will be difficult for the manager to bring better players into the club from where we stand.’

Even if there is no further permanent transfer activity, boss Paul Cook has made it clear he is still looking to strengthen his squad.

And his loan options could increase in the coming days with Premier League clubs set to confirm their 25-man squad to take them through until January.

That could see players become available, which could have a knock-on effect down the divisions.

Meanwhile, Cook has been nominated as Sky Bet League Two manager of the month for August.

He joins Derek Adams (Plymouth), Gareth Ainsworth (Wycombe) and Ian Hendon (Leyton Orient) on the four-man shortlist.

But it’s hard to see how anyone other than Hendon will land the award after Orient’s five straight wins to start the campaign.

– STEVE WILSON