Pompey hopeful of recruiting former loanee

MARK CATLIN insists Pompey remain hopeful of capturing Anton Walkes.

Monday, 18th June 2018, 6:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 4:56 pm
Anton Walkes Picture: Joe Pepler

The Blues are in talks with the versatile Spurs performer following a successful loan spell.

Walkes had impressed Kenny Jackett following his January arrival from White Hart Lane, subsequently establishing himself as a Pompey regular.

Injury curtailed his season in early April, yet the 21-year-old did enough in his 12 outings to convince a permanent arrangement should be pursued.

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Anton Walkes Picture: Joe Pepler

Jackett has already recruited five players this summer.

And Walkes could be the next to arrive at Fratton Park.

Pompey chief executive Catlin said: ‘Anton was here on loan, as everybody knows, and Kenny is an admirer of his.

‘We are still talking to Anton and people at Tottenham about his future.

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‘Anton is still young and is a great prospect. Kenny knows him and has worked with him and obviously is someone our manager is interested in signing permanently.

‘That is progressing – and we are hopeful.’

Walkes was handed his Football League debut by Jackett following his January arrival.

He had already served a loan spell with Atlanta United in the MLS as Spurs sought regular football to aid his development.

After scoring on his Blues bow in a 2-2 draw with Doncaster, Walkes was an ever-present until injury intervened.

His final three matches were spent as a holding midfielder sat in front of the back four.

Pompey have already recruited Ronan Curtis, Louis Dennis, Craig MacGillivray, Tom Naylor and Lee Brown this summer.