Whittingham awaiting green light to snap up Cooper

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Guy Whittingham is waiting for the green light from the Pompey board to bring Shaun Cooper back to Fratton Park.

And the Blues boss is also eager to get the go-ahead to extend the stay of Bondz N’Gala.

npower League One - 29/03/2013 -  Preston North End vs Portsmouth'Preston's Lee Holmes battles with Portsmouth's Shaun Cooper

npower League One - 29/03/2013 - Preston North End vs Portsmouth'Preston's Lee Holmes battles with Portsmouth's Shaun Cooper

Free agent Cooper yesterday trained with Pompey as he continues to remain on Whittingham’s radar.

The 29-year-old had a trial at Torquay last month and has since kept up his fitness at Bournemouth.

Whittingham described Cooper’s presence at the University of Portsmouth base yesterday as a one-off.

However, he admitted he would like to bring the former Cherries player back permanently.

And he is currently waiting to learn whether his budget can stretch to make that possible.

He said: ‘We have said before that we think Shaun would add value to the squad.

‘We will have to wait and see if that is possible or not.

‘The budget is not set. If there is a player and the board think it is possible and if we would like to do it then there is a possibility.

‘But it is not set in concrete that there is money there so you can go and spend it.

‘It is a working relationship I really enjoy with them.

‘As a manager and member of the coaching staff, you always have to have people in mind that you can bring in all the time because you never know what is going to happen.

‘We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t keep pushing, which we always do.

‘But we won’t throw our dummies out if they say no because we have to be sensible here with finances.

‘If we are looking to strengthen we think Shaun is someone who will strengthen the side.

‘Is it possible? I don’t know.

‘What is certain is he has versatility and, obviously, he has played at this level before in different positions.

‘That is a big advantage and if you are going to be successful you have to have a strong squad.

‘And within that squad you have to have players who are flexible.

‘Shaun was only in to train yesterday and you can’t have enough people like that in training because they are good, honest pros.

‘Even if they are only here for a day that can rub off on other people.’

N’Gala has been at Fratton Park since the start of August – making one appearance.

His initial one-month deal is about to enter its final week and Whittingham would like to extend it.

Once more the answer lies with the Pompey board as they weigh up club finances.

He added: ‘With Bondz, we hope to extend that.

‘Again that is something the board is discussing and that is why I think it is a good relationship.

‘We want him to stay as long as possible.

‘How long that is I don’t know.

‘I don’t know when we will find out to be honest, there is no time limit set on it.’

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