Cotterill’s mobile marathon to land players

Steve Cotterill
Steve Cotterill
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It has become a sight as regular as the Charleston sunshine.

Steve Cotterill pressing a mobile phone to his ear has been commonplace during Pompey’s American tour.

It’s indicative of his continued efforts to strengthen his small squad.

The Blues’ boss is belligerently chasing a number of targets, with not even the stretch of the Atlantic preventing his pursuit.

Before embarking for 12 days in South Carolina, the club had recruited five players during the summer.

The next one through the Fratton Park doors is yet to be decided.

But Cotterill is doing everything in his power to ensure more names on his wish list are ticked off with the season’s start rapidly approaching.

He said: ‘It’s up and down, day by day, depending on which of our targets we’re looking at.

‘Some are perhaps looking better than others but good players are difficult to come by.

‘I’ve been on the phone a lot of the time.

‘Vodafone must love it this month – my phone bill will be astronomical.

‘I am always trying to sort out transfers.

‘I’m on the phone from the minute I get up to closing time back over the water at home.

‘It has still been a hectic time in between training.

‘Even yesterday – on a Sunday – I was on the phone.

‘Nobody needs to tell me we need more players.’

The Blues return from America on Friday.

It is now looking increasingly unlikely any potential new recruits will be jetting out to join them before then.

In the meantime, Cotterill and David Lampitt are continuing their chase.

Pompey’s chief executive has also been busy back home closing in on a number of his manager’s targets.

And Cotterill concedes he may have to be patient.

He added: ‘It would have been fantastic if we could have had them in for July 1, let alone waiting for August 6 (season’s start) and waiting for August 30 (transfer window closing).

‘We just want them to be the right ones.

‘If you have a look around there isn’t a lot of activity in the transfer market at the moment.

‘But we are probably more in urgent need because of the size of our squad.’