Cotts: Don’t expect any deals

Steve Cotterill was expecting a quiet transfer deadline day for Pompey
Steve Cotterill was expecting a quiet transfer deadline day for Pompey
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Steve Cotterill was today expecting a quiet close to the transfer window for Pompey.

Cotterill did not feel there would be any late surprises for the Blues on deadline day.

Non-league teenage talent Jed Wallace will complete a move to Fratton Park from Lewes on a three-year deal.

The 17-year-old midfielder becomes Pompey’s 10th signing of the summer.

Cotterill was eyeing a couple of other pieces of business, but was not expecting anything to develop before tonight’s 11pm cut-off.

Chief executive David Lampitt is jetting out to Spain ahead of tonight’s clash with Real Betis. So Cotterill felt any further business would be done when the emergency loan window opens in seven days.

He said: I’m not expecting us to do anything.

‘I just think that’s going to be us now.

‘There may be an emergency loan, maybe. I don’t expect us to do any business before the window closes.

‘If anything, there may be something in the emergency window, but I don’t know that at the moment.

‘I would have liked a couple more but I guess every manager you’d speak to would like a couple more.

‘There were another couple of pieces I would like to have done. If we aren’t able to do it, we aren’t able to do it. We have to get on with what we’ve got.’

Pompey face a race to get Benjani and Aaron Mokoena to join them in Spain ahead of the Real Betis clash tonight.

Both players have struggled to obtain visas to allow them to link up with their team-mates.

Cotterill was expecting a youthful look to his side for the friendly with the La Liga outfit.

He said: ‘We are light on numbers.

‘There’s no Erik Huseklepp, Liam Lawrence, Kanu, Tal Ben Haim, Hermann Hreidarsson and Marko Futacs (all on international duty).

‘And there’s no Aaron Mokoena or Benjani, either. They are training in England.

‘They needed visas and they couldn’t get them because of the bank holiday.

‘We are still trying to get the visas for those lads. We are speaking to our FA and the Spanish embassy. We are running out of time, though.

‘We trained yesterday here and the lads will train before the game.

‘We are really light out here and have four youth team players with us.

‘It’s not ideal but we are taking the trip for financial reasons, too. We would have had to pay them money for forfeiting the game in pre-season.

‘It would be a fantastic run out if we had everyone but we haven’t got that luxury.

‘Still, it will be fantastic for the young lads.’