Whittingham lines-up quadruple swoop

Matty Blair is poised to pen a deal with Pompey
Matty Blair is poised to pen a deal with Pompey
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Pompey are poised to pull off a quadruple swoop tomorrow as Guy Whittingham’s rebuilding gathers pace.

Matty Blair heads a list of new faces pencilled in for Fratton Park medicals before completing permanent deals.

Whittingham is tight-lipped over the identity of the remainder of the quartet he is closing in on.

But The News understands they are an experienced lower-division striker, a towering left-sided central defender and a youngster who can operate in defence and midfield.

The Blues boss is hopeful all four, who are free agents, can be completed tomorrow.

They could join the likes of Simon Eastwood, Dan Butler and Yassin Moutaouakil, who are expected to sign permanent deals this week, while Patrick Agyemang and Phil Smith have already put pen to paper.

It’s heading to be a busy end to the week down at Fratton as Whittingham’s squad begins to take shape.

He said: ‘We are hoping signings are on the way. We are always hopeful.

‘It won’t be until later on in the week. You have got to have negotiations, medicals and all that kind of stuff.

‘Matty Blair is on-going at the moment.

‘He is one of those with a number of clubs interested, so we have put our thoughts forward to him and his agent and will see where that goes.

‘That is one of several where you are in the same position, trying to work out a deal.

‘They want the best for them and we want the best for us.

‘Four new players could arrive tomorrow and we plan to give them medicals.

‘If we get three out of those four I will be delighted.

‘If we manage to get the ones we are after, I think they will be the type who will help us – not just next year but the one after that and the one after that.

‘We want the type of player who is hungry for success but also young enough to be with us for future success.

‘Negotiations are all on-going. We are encouraged by some and disappointed by others, it’s how it is.

‘You think you’ve got there and something else crops up.

‘Then at times you start too far apart from players and agents and have to negotiate.

‘But we are hopeful about tying a few of them up tomorrow.’

Blair made 49 appearances and scored seven goals for York this season.

The son of former Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday player, Andy, his contract has not been renewed, ensuring no compensation is required.

A wide midfielder, the 22-year-old is seen as the ideal age for Whittingham’s plans.

Two of those poised to sign tomorrow are also in a similar age bracket.

Meanwhile, Pompey are still waiting to hear from David Connolly, Ricardo Rocha and Johnny Ertl over whether they will be accepting tabled deals.