No Blues enquiry for Southampton man

Jason Puncheon had a spell at Blackpool last season
Jason Puncheon had a spell at Blackpool last season
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Steve Cotterill has poured cold water over supposed interest in Jason Puncheon.

The Southampton winger’s agent, Tony Finnigan, last week told The News Pompey had made an enquiry.

He claimed the Blues were eager to learn how much their neighbours wanted to sell the 25-year-old for.

However, that has been denied by Cotterill.

Pompey’s manager insists he has never made contact about Puncheon.

Instead, he is adamant representatives of the former Barnet man have actually approached him to gauge any potential interest.

And Cotterill has revealed no bid has yet to be made to secure the out-of-favour Southampton man’s services.

He said: ‘Our policy is not to discuss targets but it always seems speculation comes out somewhere.

‘It is usually from the agent or someone to do with the other club, it is never driven by us.

‘On this occasion I have read Jason Puncheon’s agent saying we have made an enquiry.

‘Well, we have not made an enquiry.

‘We have not even made a phone call – but we received a phone call.

‘Our physio knows Puncheon, Hayden Mullins knows Puncheon, he’s a good, young player but that is as far as it goes at this moment in time.

‘If we do make an offer we would contact Southampton Football Club directly.

‘Let’s just say we have not.

‘Whether we will do, I don’t know the answer to that at the moment.

‘But Portsmouth have not made contact about Jason Puncheon.

‘Someone has contacted Portsmouth, though.’

Southampton are keen to sell the winger, who is surplus to requirements at St Mary’s.

Last week he trained with their under-16s having been left out of pre-season training in Leicestershire.

Blackpool, who Puncheon spent time on loan with last season, are eager to bring him back permanently and have already tabled a bid.

Finnigan also claimed QPR were interested for the ex-MK Dons winger.