Baggies striker on Pompey’s radar

West Brom striker Simon Cox could be a loan target for Pompey in the new year
West Brom striker Simon Cox could be a loan target for Pompey in the new year
Nathan Thompson has served his four-match suspension Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss weighs up role for returning duo

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POMPEY are keen to plunder West Brom for further additions to their squad.

Blues boss Michael Appleton, who was assistant at The Hawthorns before he took charge at Fratton Park, has already recruited George Thorne and Joe Mattock on loan.

But with Baggies striker Simon Cox this week voicing his concerns over a lack of first-team action, Appleton also has his eye on the Republic of Ireland international.

Appleton said: ‘I’m aware of him because I’ve worked with him for the past four years.

‘Coxy is a good footballer, he’s a talented player, he’s a goalscorer and a finisher but he’s a West Brom player.

‘West Brom might want to call one of the boys back after 28 days so we will see what happens with that. And January is three or four weeks away so things might change.’

There would appear to be a loophole in the Football League’s rules as their limits on the number of loans from one club is two players over the age of 23, but both Mattock (21) and Thorne (18) are below that age.

Pompey’s ongoing financial concerns could hamper any hopes of completing a deal before they get off the ground, though.

Cox, however, is considering his options.

He said: ‘It might be something I have to look at during the Christmas period. I’m never happy when I’m not playing.

‘I might have to look at that but it’ll be decision made then, not anytime soon.

‘If that is to happen then it’ll be a decision that suits everyone concerned – myself, my family, the club and if there is a club who would take me on loan or more.’

Appleton’s hand in the transfer market could yet be forced but he has not been told he needs to sell players.

He said: ‘I’ve had no indication about selling players. I’ve not had a conversation about that at all.

‘I will continue to put my lists together and look at the balance of the squad and see where we need to improve.

‘If I get an opportunity to do it, then I will do. If not, I will carry on with what I’ve got.

‘I want to improve the squad but you don’t want to go out and keep bringing loan players in consistently.

‘You want players who are desperate to stay and have the same ambitions as me.’