Dan Thompson’s proposed switch to Pompey has been delayed by the club’s latest financial crisis.
The Hampton & Richmond striker has caught the eye of several clubs in recent months and was the subject of two rejected bids from Stoke City, as well as attracting interest from Liverpool and Newcastle.
But after a spell training with Pompey, the Blues appeared to be at the head of the queue for his signature – until their latest financial woes came to light.
While Blues boss Michael Appleton is still hopeful something can be agreed, he admits his priorities lie elsewhere at present and the move has understandably been placed on the back-burner.
He said: ‘Dan is one who we are trying to work on and see if we can get something sorted out.
‘But it’s been pushed to the side from my point of view.
‘I’ve got a lot of other issues at the minute that I need to deal with.
‘We’re aware that we want to do something and, if we can, then great.
‘I will try to do that when I get the opportunity.’
Powerful forward Thompson has been predominantly training with Andy Awford’s Academy players, although he has also joined in with first-team sessions.
While Appleton is keen on the 17-year-old, he has decided that chief executive David Lampitt and chief financial officer John Redgate currently have more important matters at hand.
Appleton said: ‘He (Thompson) has been doing bits and pieces but he is working more with Andy than he is with us.
‘I didn’t want to bring it up with David and John because they have had other issues on their mind.
‘But if we can do something in the future, then great.’