Cotterill waiting to launch Halford chase

Greg Halford was on loan at Pompey this season
Greg Halford was on loan at Pompey this season
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Pompey’s pursuit of Greg Halford is set to accelerate after this weekend.

Steve Cotterill believes the close of the Premier League campaign will see moves for fringe players in the top flight kick into gear.

Cotterill’s bid to bring in targets has stalled as the club’s takeover drags on.

He is focusing on free transfers at present, with players lined up to arrive.

But he has made it clear he would like to see men like Jonathan Hogg, Ritchie de Laet and Halford return to Fratton Park.

The 46-year-old feels it would take reasonable offers to land those players, though.

Cotterill doesn’t see the likes of de Laet or Halford returning on loan as they enter the last year of their contracts.

And he feels the onus will be on Pompey to make offers and see off rivals if they are to bring them in.

Cotterill said: ‘I don’t know whether Greg could come back.

‘He’s in the last year of his contract. We’d have to do right by Wolves.

‘But, at the moment, Mick McCarthy has enough on his plate, so I don’t want to ring him just now.

‘I’m pretty sure Greg is the last thing on Mick’s mind at the moment.

‘He has players he’s trying to focus on maintaining Premier League status.

‘We’ve had Greg the whole season, so I don’t think he’d be on his mind.

‘It’s not so much at the end of our season but the end of theirs.

‘So it’s up to us to approach those clubs and see what they want to do.

‘That will probably speed up towards the end of the month when the Premier League clubs stop playing.’