Window closes quietly for Pompey

James Dunne in action for Pompey at the start of the season Picture: Joe Pepler
James Dunne in action for Pompey at the start of the season Picture: Joe Pepler
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THE CLOSE of the emergency transfer window passed without major incident for Pompey.

Paul Cook failed in his efforts to reduce the numbers in his squad by today’s 5pm deadline.

The only development on the final day of the window saw James Dunne extend his loan stay at Dagenham & Redbridge.

That means Cook will have a squad of 26 players to work with until the transfer window re-opens in January.

On top of those numbers, Kal Naismith and Dunne are set to remain out on loan until the new year.

Naismith has made two appearances since joining League Two rivals Hartlepool this month.

And Dunne has got six starts under his belt and bagged a single goal – against Morecambe – since joining the Daggers.

Cook has stressed he was keen to get his squad down to a more manageable number than he’s currently working with.

The likes of Adam Barton, Ben Close and Brandon Haunstrup have found playing time hard to come by of late.

There are also a number of players in the treatment room at present.

Jack Whatmough, Gary Roberts, Paul Jones, Michael Poke, Jayden Stockley and Matt Tubbs are all at different stages of their recoveries.

Pompey have four loanees at Fratton Park in the shape of Marc McNulty, Matt Clarke, Caolan Lavery and Stockley.

Youngsters Adam May and Calvin Davies are on loan at Gosport and the Hawks, respectively.

The transfer window will re-open for clubs on January 2.