Blues boss keen to strengthen

Pompey boss Michael Appleton
Pompey boss Michael Appleton
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Michael Appleton will plough ahead with revamping his Pompey squad next month.

Despite the Blues’ financial concerns, the manager will seek to recruit new players when the January transfer window opens.

He already wants to tie George Thorne and Joe Mattock to longer loan deals.

In addition, Appleton wants to bring in more new faces to strengthen his playing staff.

It is not clear whether any such deals will be permanent or loans.

But the Pompey boss insists he is pursuing a number of options.

That news is encouraging for supporters, with the club up for sale and still dogged by administration worries.

Appleton has long stressed how he his ignoring such problems and is carrying on with his job.

Now he hopes to be able to bring in his own players.

He said: ‘Right from day one I wanted to improve the squad and make it more competitive.

‘I want competition for places all over the park.

‘Despite the stuff that’s off the field, we are carrying on as normal.

‘When January comes along I have been told there is the opportunity to do something.

‘I have got a number of names and players ready and waiting.

‘So it’s a case of following those up.

‘For me, nothing has changed – it is business as usual.

‘Hopefully, I can bring some new faces in.’

The loan deals for Mattock and Thorne expire on January 2.

Appleton will this week approach Roy Hodgson to discuss keeping them longer.

Pompey’s manager is also desperate for a goalscorer.

It is a long-standing problem predecessor Steve Cotterill also identified.